Snake Eyes 1998

Snake Eyes

Critics Consensus

Snake Eyes has a number of ingredients that promise a trashy fun time; unfortunately, they're lost in an energetic and stylish thriller with a frustratingly hollow core.

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Detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) has never played by the rules. When he attends a high-profile boxing match with his friend Navy Cmdr. Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise), as well as Defense Secretary Kirkland (Joel Fabiani), he witnesses a terrorist assassinate Kirkland. Despite a lockdown on the arena, key witness Julia Costello (Carla Gugino) escapes -- and Santoro begins to suspect Kirkland's death is part of a much larger conspiracy that involves boxing rivals and a beautiful stranger.

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Critic Reviews for Snake Eyes

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  • Aug 29, 2012
    DePalma gets a lot of mileage out of long takes, split screens, and the "Rashomon effect" here. . . but his stylistic excellence only make a film work if he's got a decent script, and this one isn't so good. Also, Cage gives a performance that's scatterbrained at best.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2012
    Watch carefully. Director Brian De Palma crafts a gripping thriller with Snake Eyes. When the Secretary of Defense is shot during a boxing title fight, Atlantic City cop Rick Santoro discovers a conspiracy that rocks him to the core. Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, and Carla Gugino all give good performances. And, De Palma does a good job setting up the mystery and building the suspense. Still, parts of the film are messy and the tone is unbalanced at times. Snake Eyes has a few issues, but it's entertaining and has a compelling mystery.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2012
    'Ricky' Santoro: It isn't lying! You just tell them what you did right, and you leave out the rest!  "Believe everything except your eyes." Snake Eyes is a tale of two halves. The first half was amazing, exciting, and just a great setup for a thriller. The second half didn't live up to the standards of the first, and ended up only disappointing me. Still, this was an interesting and cool film from De Palma. It isn't up there with his best, but it is still a lively and entertaining thriller. The endings disappointment may be a little too much for most, but I was able to get over it and still find enjoyment with the whole production. Even when the movie ended up running out of steam at about the hour mark; it still managed to be pretty cool and never got boring. Part of the entertainment is the eccentric performance from Nicholas Cage. This performance from him came when he wasn't a complete laughingstock. I am one of the few who actually like his eccentric performances in movies like this and Bad Lieutenant. It's when he sleepwalks through performances in shitty movies, that I hate him.  I'll only talk about the setup for Snake Eyes as I don't want to give away too many details. Ricky is a corrupt cop, who is at a heavyweight fight. He has money down on the favorite. As the fight goes on, he and everyone else witness an assassination. He, along with his naval friend, try to figure out everyone who was behind this; as it wasn't just the shooter. There's a major plot twist that De Palma sort of undersells, but probably because it was predictable. The film could have taken a few different routes and the one Koepp and De Palma chose may not be the best, but as it is, it isn't too bad.  Just don't expect another masterpiece from De Palma with Snake Eyes. It is definitely not up to standards with the best of his work. Still, it is a cool little thriller. Nothing more and nothing less. When looked at as it is, it isn't too bad. I know a lot of people hate it just because it has another wacky performance from Cage. More people hate it because the ending didn't really wrap it up in a satisfactory way. For me, I like it because of Cage and because of the amazing setup. It could have been much better, but it is a decent effort nonetheless. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2012
    Surprisingly good, especially considering this is a Nicolas Cage film. But its interesting POV-based storytelling is what makes this an interesting film--every character sees something different, and its only by putting all of their perspectives together that the crime can be fully revealed.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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