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Snake Eyes
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, Carla Gugino
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Kiddie Movie: Nope.
Date Movie: Bring her along.
Gratuitous Sex: None really but some underwear shots.
Gratuitous Violence: Some gunfire and people getting executed.
Action: Good chases.
Laughs: Some one liners.
Memorable Scene: The panning of the camera over the hotel rooms showing the different things that can be happening right next to each other that the world doesn't know.
Memorable Quote: Kevin to Rick: "I was three feet away from a known terrorist and I had my eyes buried in a woman's tits.
Directed By: Brian DePalma
Produced By: Brian DePalma

Snake Eyes
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:39 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Nicolas Cage as Rick Santoro
Well that was a nice surprise. I had nothing to do on a Sunday afternoon, and really wasn't expecting much going into "Snake Eyes," but what I found was a really good thriller, which threw the answers right in your face while still being able to entertain.

The story goes kinda like this: We're at a boxing match in Atlantic City. Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) is an Atlantic City cop who is sort of corrupt. He likes the spotlight, likes that everyone knows his name, and likes women. Commander Kevin Dunn (Gary Sinise) is Rick's friend and head of security for the Secretary of Defense who is there for the fight. Some mysterious things start happening as the fight is going on and all of a sudden the Secretary of Defense is shot. Mayhem ensues, people start running, and we find out right away who killed the Secretary. But Rick is curious, goes to check out some videotape, realizes the champ threw the fight, and starts asking questions. Quickly he realizes that there is more involved than just the Secretary getting shot the movie shifts to accounts by the key players as to what each of them supposedly saw, or wants others to think they saw. It now becomes a race to save the one person, Julia Costello (Carla Gugino) who knows all of the truth.

Nicolas Cage as Rick Santoro (left)
and Gary Sinise as Kevin Dunn (right)
Alright, the story is a little more complicated than that, but in telling you more I'll be giving away tons of things that are generally obvious, but you might not figure out until later in the movie as events unfold. The interesting thing in this film are the flashbacks to the events unfolding as the Secretary gets shots as told by Kevin to Rick, Rick to Kevin, Carla to Kevin, etc. Are they telling the truth or did the things going on around them maybe cloud their memory? Only the ending knows.

So the movie is simple and complex, but that's what's cool about it. You've got Cage putting on a great performance as a sometimes corrupt cop, but still being a cop; You've got Sinise diligently working to save his job and his career; and Gugino is great running scared, not really able to see because she lost her glasses, and not knowing who she can really trust. All of that and some great filmmaking as you would expect from Brian DePalma and "Snake Eyes" turns into a decent thriller.

We'll keep this review simple and say "Snake Eyes" is worth the price of a full price ticket. 4 stars out of 5.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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