Snake Eyes Reviews
The film is definitely worth a watch even if the ending is a letdown of sorts.
The movie is riddled with DePalma's signature moves. There are lots of long takes, point of views, split diopters, Dutch angles, and bird's eye views that float over walls. There are saturated set pieces, bright red blood splatters, and attractive women throughout. If you are like me and have a special place in your heart for the over exaggerated, testosterone fueled atmosphere that permeates all of DePalma's films, this movie is worth the watch for that aspect alone.
On the other hand, to me and I have to assume... no, to hope that for many others the problem with this movie is Cage. He is at his best when he takes it down a notch and starts to show some actual empathy and humanity. He is at his worst when he is ringside, or in a hallway, or in someone's face screeching in timed spells of forced anger and what I can only assume is authentic insanity. Whether it was DePalma's direction or Cage's provocation, it seems like every conversation in the film escalates to yelling. It becomes exhausting and like I said, it doesn't always come across as authentic.
Would I recommend this movie? Unless you are a big DePalma fan or are looking for a crazy Nick Cage role to give you a good laugh, no - not really. It pains me to give a negative review to any filmmaker, especially a master like DePalma. It takes so much effort, bravery, talent, and skill to even finish a movie, let alone make a good one and it takes so little to write a review, but I also have to be honest. This one just didn't do it for me.
It is also one of the major De Plama, with a great use of split screen and a real work on the off-camera.