Fans of the 1972 version of Sleuth may
not enjoy the new version, unless they accept beforehand that
it's not just a remake, so much as just a new image.
It's the same basic story with the same
basic twists and surprises, but the tone is different.
The new version is sleeker, more streamlined,
and more menacing & playful.
It's worth the price of admission just
to watch the old pro Michael Caine put Jude Law through his paces.
This reimagined version of a tale of revenge,
complete with verbal sparring, couldn't be more different than
the original -- with Michael Caine moving into the Olivier role,
and Jude Law walking into yet another Michael Caine role.
The twists and turns are the same, but
the pacing and the camera angles are better.
Essentially a two-man play, this story
of revenge at the end of a bifurcated tongue is updated and quite
Michael Caine and Jude Law show off their
acting skills in a flashy remake of the game-playing revenge
film called Sleuth.
In this new version of the 1972 classic,
Caine takes over Laurence Olivier's role as the wealthy crime
novelist who seeks revenge upon the man who stole his wife.
These two enemies are so addicted to their
evil gamesmanship that they feast -- they tear and bite into
the nastiness of their roles.
It becomes a real twist of hate.