By Caren Weiner Campbell
Updated February 19, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Snake Eyes

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Understatement is a foreign concept to Brian De Palma. With Snake Eyes, the frenetic filmmaker turns a serviceable plot — about a crooked Atlantic City cop (Cage), his naval-hero best friend (Sinise), and a political assassination — into a garish muddle. Of course, David Koepp’s melodramatic script deserves some blame. Cage, meanwhile, recites his lines with that bug-eyed rigor he sometimes mistakes for intensity. Fans of double-cross thrillers will yearn for the graceful restraint of De Palma’s idol, Hitchcock, and the nuanced paranoia of Jimmy Stewart. In this director’s hands, well…no dice. D

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Snake Eyes

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