ABC Film Challenge – Favourites – S – Snake Eyes (1998) Movie Review

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: Brian De Palma, David Koepp (Screenplay)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Gary Sinise, John Heard, Carla Gugino, Stan Shaw, Kevin Dunn, Michael Rispoli, Joel Fabiani

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

Tagline – Believe Everything Except Your Eyes

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Snake Eyes starts when a shady police detective Rick Santoro (Cage) who has his hands in every pocket has front row seats for the biggest boxing match of the year with Lincoln Tyler (Shaw) defending his title. During the fight the Secretary of Defence is shot, leading to Rick taking control of the situation, while his best friend Commander Kevin Dunne (Sinise) was meant to be defending him.

As Rick starts looking into what happened, he learns about a bigger conspiracy going on with the people in the area, leaving Rick not knowing who to trust when it comes to learning about the truth.

Thoughts on Snake Eyes

ThoughtsSnake Eyes is a real-time thriller following the assassination attempt on the Secretary of Defence and a shady cop looking to solve the case from a crowded casino boxing match event, with twists about who he can trust along the way. This is a film that will always look to change what we have just learned, keeping us guessing on who we can trust. Nicolas Cage is excellent in the leading role, as the over-the-top cop that has got everyone in his pocket, who must put his own reputation on the line to uncover the truth. This supporting cast is strong throughout too, with actor getting their time to shine with Gary Sinise in the lead supporting role being the opposite to Cage’s role. The location within the casino shows the ins and outs within the walls of a boxing event, showing the pure chaos caused by the events happening. This is one of the best thrillers of the year, one that will keep you on edge and wanting more from each moment we learn about the bigger conspiracy going on.

Final Thoughts Snake Eyes is an excellent thriller that just keeps giving you more clues through each scene.


  1. DePalma always pushed himself with different styles of storytelling – “Body Double”, “Blow Out” and “Dressed To Kill” just to name a few, and he had a great Actor to use for this…a terrific film and one of his lesser remembered!

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