Brian De Palma's exercise in flashy paranoia and shallow cynicism comes out of the gate like gangbusters, but falls apart in a flurry of preposterous plotting. Seedy cop Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) is a gaudy, big-talking fish in a small swamp:
Atlantic City born and bred. He's a Tasmanian-devil whirlwind of chest hair and attitude, a glad-hander and shakedown artist who's always looking for an angle. High-school buddy Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise), by contrast, is a gimlet-eyed Boy Scout who's been assigned to guard the Secretary of
Defense, in town to catch the heavyweight fight between hometown boy Lincoln Tyler (Stan Shaw) and challenger Jose Ruiz (Adam C. Flores)...