Sleuth (2007, Distasteful Unnecessary Remake Thriller) – 1/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Michael Caine: Andrew
Jude Law: Milo
Writer (Original Play): Anthony Shaffer
Writer (Screenplay): Harold Pinter
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Producer: Jude Law
Producer: Simon Halfon
Producer: Tom Sternberg
Producer: Marion Pilowsky
Producer: Kenneth Branagh
Producer: Simon Moseley

Sleuth (2007)

Successful novelist Andrew Wyke arranges a face-to-face meeting with his wife’s lover, Milo Tindale, and convinces Tindale to accept an unexpected proposition.


More atrocious than you can possibly imagine and, I think, I am capable of describing, this takes a lauded stage play which has already been brilliantly adapted by the original author into a lauded movie and adds a lot of embarrassing, unpleasant, unconvincing bad language and a pervasive sense of distastefulness while subtracting any sense of cunning, intelligence, subterfuge or fun. It simply doesn’t feel like a battle of wits but a series of intellectual, foul-mouthed, distasteful euphemisms. At any point, either character could say each other’s lines and it would make no difference. Director Kenneth Branagh zips through it and delivers some intriguing compositions but he should have dumped Harold Pinter’s humiliatingly awful screenplay straight in the bin. Then set fire to it.

This movie contains frequent sexual swear words, strong adult dialogue, bad language, strong innuendo and very brief gun violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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