Snake Eyes was named after the manner in which Golding’s father died. Infiltrating a safe house, an assassin ordered the father to throw a pair of dice; the result was snake eyes, indicating that his number was up. When we meet our hero as an adult, he is a cage fighter who is just concerned with his own survival. So when Kenta (Takehiro Hira), a Yakuza ringleader with close-cropped hair and an authoritative smirk that might resemble you of James Spader’s Red from “The Blacklist,” wants to hire him after a fight, he says no. That is, until he discovers what is being promised in exchange: Kenta will track down his father’s killer. Snake Eyes is just concerned with that. In the midst of the cutthroat fireworks. IMDB
To join the clan, our hero must pass a series of three tests, the final of which has the potential to kill him, and “Snake Eyes” manages to keep us guessing. Evan Spiliotopoulos, Anna Waterhouse, and Joe Shrapnel wrote the screenplay based on a narrative by Spiliotopoulos, who has proven to have a rare talent for putting actual meat on the bones of genre material. Snake Eyes’ attempt to break into the clan has a lot of oomph. He must convince skeptics like the pitiful Hard Master (Iko Uwais) and the all-seeing Blind Master (Peter Mensah), as well as the perilous third test, which turns out to be a pit battle with three huge anacondas that may have been animated by Ray Harryhausen.