Kenneth Branagh’s “Sleuth” is a two character study by way of Harold Pinter, who took the basic plot of Anthony Shaffer’s play (previously adapted into a 1972 film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz) and didn’t even bother to look at the original dialogue it seems.


<br/>The result is a fascinating, mind-boggling, cat and mouse game that truly keeps you guessing and riveted from moment to moment.


<br/>Terrifically written by Pinter with crackling dialogue (“You gave him a metaphorical pat on the bum?”) and brilliant, over-the-top acting by Jude Law and Michael Caine (Law is playing the part Caine played in the original film and Caine now plays the role immortalized by Laurence Olivier), this is a real sleeper! Great film!


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