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SNAKE EYES

SYNOPSIS:
Flawed Atlantic City police detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) joins his pal, Navy Commander Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise), now working with the U.S. Secretary of Defense, at a heavyweight boxing match. When the Secretary is assassinated, 14,000 fight fans become suspects and Rick investigates three witnesses: the mysterious Julia Costello (Carla Gugino); heavyweight champion Lincoln Tyler (Stan Shaw) who lost the fight; Dunne himself, who was suspiciously drawn away before the shots rang out. The events leading up to the assassination are replayed by the memories of each of the three witnesses, and as Rick puts the puzzle pieces together, he uncovers an intricate conspiracy, but is confronted by ghosts from his own past.

"Here's a case of an interesting enough thriller being thrown away by local distributors, despite its cast and director. Not that Snake Eyes is flawless; it has its share of problems, but remains an intriguing, well-crafted thriller with many inventive sequences. Director Brian De Palma has always been a Hitchock fan and much of his work is a homage to the master. The trouble is, his self-conscious style of direction, which is certainly evident here, often gets in the way of a good yarn. With Snake Eyes, the film's vision is often made to seem pretentious, while the script is allowed to flounder. Yet the film is still an entertaining thriller containing a group of dark, well-etched characters, with interest sustained in their predicaments. There are some masterful cinematic moments, such as the opening assassination sequence, and the wonderful way in which De Palma creates several perspectives of the same scene. He's clever at creating a point of view, and these sequences are marvelous. Cage plays the flawed, corrupt cop with a hyped up flamboyance, which is irritating at the beginning but settles down rather nicely when he starts acting like a cop, while Sinise adds depth to an underwritten character. Snake Eyes had the potential to be completely absorbing, rather than the sporadic film that ended up on the screen. It's a case of De Palma trying too hard and only half succeeding."
Paul Fischer

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SNAKE EYES (M) 15+
(US)

CAST: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Stan Shaw, Kevin Dunn, Michael Rispoli, Joel Fabiani, Luis Guzmán, David Higgins (I), Mike Starr (I), Tamara Tunie, Chip Zien

DIRECTOR: Brian De Palma

PRODUCER: Brian De Palma

SCRIPT: Brian De Palma, David Koepp

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Stephen H. Burum

EDITOR: Bill Pankow

MUSIC: Ryuichi Sakamoto

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Anne Pritchard

RUNNING TIME: 99 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: October 1, 1998







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