Jenny Nix, wife of eminent child psychologist Carter Nix, becomes increasingly concerned about her husband's seemingly obsessive concern over the upbringing of their daughter. Her own ... See full summary »
Brian De Palma
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
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 »
Before I begin the review of Snake Eyes, I want to clearly state that I like Brian De Palma. He may not always have the best scripts for his films but I've enjoyed a lot of what he's made. The Untouchables is an action masterpiece, Body Double and Dressed to Kill are classic suspense/thrillers, and Mission: Impossible is an entertaining and flashy action/adventure. So, it's natural to have some sort of high expectations while watching Snake Eyes. I just had no idea the movie would be this awful.
The film's plot really means nothing as it's just a way to show off some visual style, and boy does the movie begin with style. For the first twelve minutes I did not notice a single cut in the camera. It's just one long movement that focuses on Nicolas Cage, who plays Atlantic City police detective Rick Santoro. The camera finally ends its long run with the assassination of the Secretary of Defense and what results afterward is a bland and predictable film with implausibilities that would make a child feel insulted.
Is it that bad? Well, some people might actually enjoy the movie but it's basically a complete letdown. What's wrong with it? Well, De Palma has crafted some meticulous and unbearably suspenseful thrillers (the above mentioned Body Double and Dressed to Kill). Snake Eyes does not fit into that description. Instead, it's an incoherent story with some really bad plot twists (if you call those twists) that lead to the answer to a mystery in which the audience already knew before even watching the movie. Acting wise, only Cage stays away from blandness. Hey, De Palma even saved the worst for last: an extremely terrible conclusion that is so dumb that it makes you wonder how the producers and studio executives could have watched it and not demand major changes. Then again, they probably already noticed how awful the movie was before all that and figured changing the ending entirely would have been useless.
Do yourself a favor and watch the other De Palma films I mentioned. Don't waste your time with this dud.
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