When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting a unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.
Ricky Santoro is a flamboyant and corrupt Atlantic City cop with a dream: become so well connected that he can become mayor. In lieu of that, he'll settle for keeping his comfortable lifestyle. On the night of the heavyweight boxing championship, Rick becomes mixed up in the assassination of the Secretary of Defense, an assassination involving his best friend. Becoming the investigating officer in the case, Rick soon uncovers a conspiracy to kill the Secretary and a mysterious woman in white. The conspiracy was shocking, but not half as shocking as the identity of its mastermind. Written by
The Mystery Guest
Will Smith turned down the role of Commander Kevin Dunne to star in another conspiracy thriller that was also released that year Enemy of the State (1998) which Smith starred as a lawyer whom finds himself hunted by NSA agents when he finds himself caught up in a conspiracy when he falls into possession of videotape containing footage of the assassination of a politician whom refused to support the Telecommunications Security and Privacy act. See more »
A tidal wave originally planned was removed from the film, but not entirely: - The wave can be seen briefly in a few frames as the police van arrives near the film's end. It hits the van, which begins to fall over. In the next shot, the van merely swerves into the building. - Richard Santoro mentions a recurring dream about being back in the tunnel underwater; but since the tidal wave sequence was taken out, he was never underwater in the first place. See more »
[after Rick is pummeled by Tyler]
Sounds like three broken ribs to me. What is this? A heroic stand? You're the wrong guy for it, Rick. You'll be all alone in the spotlight. And guys like you can't stand up to that light. You'll burn up under it. The press starts looking for dirt on you - and they will - it will be a mudslide. Forget about your job, your sweet life in Margate. Start thinking about jail! Your girlfriend will be gone, too, at the first sign of trouble but not before she has a ...
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The end credits scroll over a construction site scene (presumably the new casino), closing in tighter and tighter until the final shot is of a bright red jewel embedded in a concrete pillar that the workmen are installing. Most of the time the jewel is hidden under the hand of one of the workers. The ring was worn by the red-haired woman/Navy agent who was part of Commander Kevin Dunn's scheme. See more »
A shady police detective (Nicolas Cage) finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.
Unfortunately, the DVD I watched had the picture stretched out funny. The film was widescreen, but two wide and not tall enough. I suppose I could have fixed that by adjusting my TV settings, but I was generally disappointed in the presentation. I will not hold that against the film, though -- just saying it needs a better release.
Some of the De Palma traits are here: there is a bit of surveillance (not quite his regular voyeurism theme, but not far removed) and a little bit of split screen. These aspects really mark it as his work even if nothing else does.
Having Nicolas Cage as the lead was a gamble. He can be amazing or dreadful, and you never know what you are going to get. Here he runs the whole range -- in some scenes he is pretty good and in others pretty awful. The overall strength or weakness of the film seems to fall on Cage, and this may be why it falters at times.
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