Review Date: August 08, 1998
Director: Brian DePalma
Writer: David Koepp
Producers: Gale Anne Hurd
Nicolas Cage as Rick Santoro
Gary Sinise as Major Kevin Dunne
Carla Gugino as Julia Costello
Nicolas Cage does a decent job of over-acting his over the top character here, and so does Sinise as the ambiguous friend from the day. Juliette Binoche look-alike Carla Gugina from TV's "Spin City" also turns in a fitting performance as the girl in distress. I must admit that my recent viewing of THE NEGOTIATOR (7/10) might've set my standards for thrills a little higher for this one, but either way, this movie's plot does little to innovate the genre, while continuing to homage the genre that made DePalma who he is today.
Admittedly, I was impressed with another one of DePalma's classic one-shot-camera opening sequences, this one lasting at least 20 minutes, and many of his other camera tricks, but overall, the movie seemed flawed in its attempt to enrapture the audience's imagination, and deliver on a solid ending. The parts after the official denouement were actually some of the funniest scenes in the movie, while the final scene just seemed like another Hollywood demand gone acknowledged. All in all, I guess you should go see this film, if you really like DePalma, his style and his mysteries (Or if you know somebody who may have played an extra in the audience.) If not, you could easily wait for the video version of this film, which will surely appetize your visually demanding gut and fill any 100-minute gap that's needed in your life.