DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA
CAST: NICHOLAS CAGE, GARY SINISE, JOHN HEARD, CARLA GUGINO
SCREENPLAY - DAVID KOEPP
Coasting on the erratic waves of leading man Nicolas Cage’s acting style, De Palma’s tight, totally terrific thriller is a model of efficiency and contained action. Set almost entirely in a boxing arena and casino complex in Atlantic City, this is a flamboyant, two-fisted conspiracy tale, told in prismatic fashion, from many different characters’ points of view. De Palma isn’t swinging for the fences here, turning in the kind of fun, typically dexterous thriller that we wish still came around with regularity. Don’t be late or you’ll miss a thirteen-minute opening shot!