Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sleuth

Taut, though rather cold, remake of the 1972 film based on Anthony Shaffer's Broadway and West End hit play about a wealthy mystery writer (Michael Caine) who engages his wife's lover (Jude Law) in a deadly game of cat and mouse. Director Kenneth Branagh expertly sustains suspense, and his leads -- Caine switching roles from the earlier film -- are superb, though playwright Harold Pinter's radical and deft reworking of the original is peppered with expletives, and has one extended sequence with a strongly homoerotic undercurrent. Much rough and crude language and some profanity, violence, torture, adultery theme, frank sexual talk and strong innuendo, some of a homosexual nature. L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (R) 2007

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