in about 100 words or less
UK 138m, Colour
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Cast: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier
Based on Anthony Shaffer’s 1970 play of the same name, Sleuth is a murder mystery with an ever-twisting plot that follows the maneuvering of its two principal characters who attempt to outwit each other in a series of “games” that are designed to manipulate and humiliate one another. Likewise, the audience is taken along an equally puzzling journey which unfolds like a chess match, calculated, deliberate and ever so clever. Unfortunately, the excessive run time and pacing of the film also resembles a chess match – which is probably not everyone’s cup of tea (Klaus Ming February 2013).