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Snake eyes

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Believe everything except your eyes.

In the blink of an eye nothing is what it seems, not even murder!

Academy Award-winner Nicolas Cage is Detective Rick Santoro - a tarnished cop with the Atlantic City Police Department. His best friend Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise) is a Navy Commander assigned to protect the USA Secretary of Defence. They're together at a heavyweight boxing match when the unthinkable happens - the Secretary of Defence is assassinated. In a flash, 14000 fight fans become suspects, possible accomplices and eyewitnesses. The arena is sealed, the murder investigation begins and the two friends join forces to find a killer. As the puzzle pieces fall into place a deadly conspiracy is uncovered and everything they believe in will be tested.

Now Rick can see everything except a way out!

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

An intelligent mindless piece of action entertainment.

It's action because it's about things happening. It's mindless because you don't have to pay too much attention to enjoy it. It's intelligent because if you do pay attention, you'll enjoy it more. It's entertainment because I watched it in one sitting, without even having to get up and go to the loo!

The Propaganda tells you everything you need to know but nothing you don't want to know just yet. Rick is an arrogant arsehole (ie he lives by his own rules) and really, really annoying, even to his best friend. It makes him harder to like, which is an interesting way to shape a hero. Or perhaps he's supposed to be an anti-hero. Kevin is an uptight arsehole (ie he lives by someone else's rules) and really, really annoying because he knows he's always right. That's what he believes anyway. Nicolas and Gary bounce off each other like two testosterone fuelled teenagers in a locker room - it's a great celebration of masculinity.

Knowing - as he did - that someone is going to be assassinated made me hyper-aware of little things going on in the background. What is important? What is trivia? What is coincidence? Sorting the wheat from the chaff is a full on job if you want to be intelligent about this film, but not at all necessary. The mystery (and shooting, hitting, lying and deceiving) are enough to carry the most well-rooted potato through.

If there is one complaint I might make about Snake eyes, it's that I knew who the baddie was as soon as that character appeared on the screen. Perhaps that's just because I am too adept at reading Hollywood films, but it was annoying nonetheless. Sometimes being perfect is a trial.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS retail: 3 November 1999
DVD retail: 6 August 2003 - Nicolas Cage box set

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