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Snake Eyes
An Atlantic City police detective (Nicolas Cage) investigates the assassination of the Secretary of Defense during a boxing match, with 14,000 fans as witnesses and possible suspects.

Starring Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, Kevin Dunn...  View more >

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[--- Wait for Rental ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
Not a horrible movie, but one that could have been done much better. Rather than letting the audience struggle with the mystery of who was involved in the conspiracy, the filmmakers are content to kill the mystery halfway through the movie. The ending was also one of the worst I have ever seen. If you're looking for a good conspiracy movie that will keep you guessing until the end, this is not it. Nicholas Cage's performance was very much over the top, but unlike the plot he remained interesting until the end. Gary Sinise had his moments, but his more understated performance was overshadowed by Cage. If you are a big fan of either Cage or Sinise you may want to rent the movie. If not, don't bother with Snake Eyes.

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Jan 25, 2000
This isn't what you're expecting it to be; it's not successful as a thriller or as a mystery, but as character study and style-driven satire it's as essential and invigorating a film as Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan." Working within the big-budget system, Brian De Palma has always specialized in subverting the hand that feeds him, but "Snake Eyes" stands as his most explicitly personal film since the 1989 masterpiece "Casualties of War" and, before that, 1981's "Blow Out," my pick as the greatest film ever made. Brian De Palma interweaves his personal, aesthetic, political, and, ultimately, moral obsessions with his mastery of the camera and the digital tools at his fingertips. The already-lauded 20-minute one-shot opening exemplifies De Palma's technique: the camera keeps itself closed to Nicolas Cage's realm of knowledge as well as presenting a one-dimenional view of Cage's personality, while the rest of the film follows Cage's trek to turn that one-shot opening into a split-screen montage sequence; in doing so, Cage not only uncovers a conspiracy, he also discovers and reveals his true nature. It's post-modernist pop-art designed to encourage sympathetic audience response and, if you feed into what De Palma is saying, you're not likely to find a more thrilling intellectual film experience this year. De Palma presents an end-of-the-millenium noir that challenges you to examine your own moral responsibilities to yourself and society as a political-media-entertainment-industrial machine blurs your moral perspectives. And De Palma's rhapsodic visual style sears itself into your memory, so the challenges of the film keep haunting you long after the double-edged hopeful-cynical, goofily moving-satirically funny ending. While not a De Palma masterpiece, it presents an ever-growing artistic sensibility that seems ready to soar again into greatness--that is, if the machine lets him.

[--- See Now! ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
this movie was awesome. cage is always mysterious, but great in this one. bring on more of cage.

[--- Wait for Rental ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
The camera movement was very very good in the movie. Acting was good, sound was ok, editing was good, seems everything is pretty good in the movie but the STORY!!!

[--- Good ---]by  
Jan 25, 2000
"Snake Eyes" takes place in Atlantic City during Hurricane Jezebel. The 2 primary stars are Nicholas Cage and Gary Sinise. These men have been friends since childhood and both happen to be present at the assination attempt of the Secretary of Defence during a professional boxing match. I found this movie interesting. I liked the style of this film and I also liked the ending that was realistic. One note, this movie is one that a person should not leave until the credits have finished. If you do you will miss something that is kind of interesting.

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Jan 25, 2000
Snake Eyes was an enjoyable movie. This one is one to see to take your mind off of anything that is bothering you. Besides the fact that Cage is gorgeous the story is pretty good too. I think that the end, when the credits are rolling, is very amusing. When I saw this movie everyone in the theater stayed seated and was spellbound!

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Jan 25, 2000
Nicholas Cage really got on my nerves early but redeems himself. This action flick gets a positive review because of it’s jigsaw puzzle-like solving of the mystery at hand: Why does a boxer take a dive? Why is the Secretary of Defense shot? The cinematography of the introduction to Snake Eyes is wonderful, as is the unraveling of the story. BUT: WHAT IS WITH THAT ENDING? Some people have said the conclusion to Snake Eyes ruined the movie for them. I wouldn’t go that far.

10-point scale rating: 6

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Jan 25, 2000
This movie didn't hit me too to well, but it had FBI in it! *smiles* although they were depicted rather poorly, they filled their purpose. Starring Nick Cage, playing a local detective must unravel a murder at the boxing ring. What turns out to be a corrupt military man, and after rather nice fight scenes, this movie finishes off rather oddly. I'm not recommending you see this, because I had a hard time catching all the plot holes, and loops the directors throw at the audience.

Jul 21, 2003
Lots of flash, but not a lot of plot to back it up. Worth renting, however.
Feb 21, 2006
Nicholas Cage investigate a murder at a boxing match in "Snake Eyes," a triller which reminds me of some of the early movie being directed by Alfred Hitchock. I* saw that movie in Los Angeles at the National theatre and was a wonderful theater. back to the movie, the film held me on the edge of my seat until the end.

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