If stylistic auteur De Palma seemed abnormally contained behind the camera in Mission Impossible, here he lets it all hang out. Unfortunately, the material he hangs it all on feels light, like No Way Out as if penned by Grisham. Cage, full bodied as ever, stars as an Atlantic City cop with a few bad habits and domestic issues. It's fight night at the big casino, and naval-officer pal Sinise is ringside to protect the Secretary of Defense.
When an assassin strikes, Cage and Sinise team up to find a mysterious woman with knowledge of the unfolding conspiracy. The story strains for the romantic glory of De Palma's Blow Out but gives away too much too early. And in the end, not even charismatic pros Cage and Sinise can completely save the picture.