Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes

Brian De Palma (1998)

94min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The US Secretary of Defense is assassinated in full view of a huge audience gathered in an Atlantic City casino for a boxing championship. Can supercharged detective Nicolas Cage use his own recollections and those of key witnesses to find out whodunnit and unravel an ever-widening conspiracy? Although a stunning visual tour de force by director Brian De Palma (a virtuoso opening sequence, split screens, acrobatic cameras, the replaying of interconnected events from different angles and perspectives), this jigsaw murder mystery lacks suspense and disappoints as a thriller, with the expected slam-bang finale never materialising. Die-hard De Palma fanatics will love it, but others may think it's over-directed and rather pointless.

Summary

A corrupt cop seals off all exits in a casino after the fatal shooting of a US Defence Department official - but while frantically searching for the assassin among the 14,000-strong crowd, he is daunted by the sheer scale of the challenge. Thriller from director Brian De Palma, starring Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard and Carla Gugino.

Cast & Crew

Rick Santoro Nicolas Cage
Kevin Dunne Gary Sinise
Gilbert Powell John Heard
Julia Costello Carla Gugino
Lincoln Tyler Stan Shaw
Lou Logan Kevin Dunn
Jimmy George Michael Rispoli
Charles Kirkland Joel Fabiani
Director Brian De Palma
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama