*Please Note* I have decided to put all Nicholas Cage movies in their own category. Since they are separate from the main reviews I will also be judging them a little differently so you may notice some higher ratings in this category.
A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.
Who is the Audience for This Movie?
People who like “who dunnit” type movies
I owned Snake Eyes on VHS when I was younger so I have seen it many many times, feel free to throw some judgement my way. Watching it as an adult is a dramatically different experience then the one I had as a kid. The first 15-20 minutes of Snake Eyes is fucking fantastic. The director Brian De Palma is known for making his movies very in your face he wastes no time jumping the viewer into the world of our degenerate protagonist. De Palma also pulls off quite possibly one of the best long duration tracking shots ever put to film if you don’t feel like watching the entirety of Snake Eyes JUST search for “Snake Eyes Tracking Shot” and watch it. Unfortunately, everything after that tracking shot, including Nicholas Cage giving it his all, is uninteresting.
As I mentioned before De Palma has a very unique style of shooting/editing his films which in the past has either made them amazing or borderline unwatchable. In the case of Snake Eyes the editing style is so late 90’s it begins to become tiresome.
The most important aspect of a “who dunnit” is interesting twists and turns, the red herrings in Snake Eyes are poorly constructed and there are far too many of them. By the time you get to the end you wont really care what the purpose of the antagonist is. Piling on to the weak payoff is the fact the movie ends at least three times, you want out but it keeps going.