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Snake Eyes

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Original title
Snake Eyes
Running time
98 min.
United States United States
David Koepp
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Stephen H. Burum
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Co-production USA-Canada; Paramount Pictures / Touchstone Pictures / DeBart
Thriller. Mystery | Cop Movies
Synopsis / Plot
From its incredible opening tracking shot to its suspenseful finale, this Brian De Palma thriller maintains a giddy, fever pitch of cinematic style and excitement. Nicolas Cage stars as Atlantic City detective Ritchie Santoro (his explosive energy and flashy clothes mirror the tone of the film), who finds himself heading a high-level investigation after the U.S. secretary of defense is assassinated at the championship fight he's attending. Ritchie's old pal Naval Commander Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise) was assigned to guard the secretary and now fears for his career. A mysterious beautiful woman in white (Carla Gugino) has something to do with the case but is lost amid the 14,000 spectators trapped in the sealed-off arena crime scene. Meanwhile, a raging hurricane is tearing up the boardwalk outside, and as Ritchie begins to unravel the mystery through the casino's massive camera security system, he discovers truths he'd just as soon not have known about. Taking place almost entirely within the confines of the arena and casino on a single dark and stormy night, SNAKE EYES zips along merrily, delivering loads of glitzy atmosphere and fun, Hichcock-style suspense. The appropriately Bernard Herrmann-esque music score is by Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Critics' reviews
  • "If Brian De Palma were as good at rewriting as he is at visual style, 'Snake Eyes' might have been a heck of a movie. (...) It's the worst kind of bad film: the kind that gets you all worked up and then lets you down, instead of just being lousy from the first shot. (...) Rating: ★ (out of four)"
  • "Brian De Palma's hot new thriller ''Snake Eyes'' is a great big juicy gob of apocalyptic paranoia (...) vertiginous opening sequence (...) ''Snake Eyes'' has deeper issues on its mind than cheap thrills, conspiracy theories and the titillating joys of surveillance"
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