Thursday, February 15, 2018

Snake Eyes (1998)

Director: Brian De Palma

Writers: Brian De Palma, David Koepp

Composer: ryuichi Sakamoto

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Stan Shaw, Kevin Dunn, Michael Rispoli, Joel Fabiani, Luis Guzman, David Anthony Higgins

More info: IMDb

Tagline: He's got 14,000 eyewitnesses and no one saw a thing.

Plot: A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

Nicolas Cage and Brian De Palma?  We should get these kids together again.  I loved the setting of half in a boxing arena and the rest in and around a casino hotel.  It's a taut thriller with a lot of interesting enough and easily defined and distinguishable characters.  Cage is great and he's got a neat little sandbox to play in and De Palma's direction is nicely handled, too.  The Paramount DVD has an OK looking non-anamorphic widescreen print with an equally so trailer for the only extra.  The quality is such that it's good enough if you get it for a buck at a yard sale.

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