Sleeping Dogs
Title: Sleeping Dogs
Release year: 2024
Director: Adam Cooper
Stars: Karen Gillan, Russell Crowe, Tommy Flanagan
Rating: 3/5

An ex-homicide detective with memory loss is forced to solve a brutal murder, only to uncover chilling secrets from his forgotten past.

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Haunting Past, Uneven Present: A Review of Sleeping Dogs


Sleeping Dogs, a 2024 crime thriller directed by Adam Cooper, throws us into the murky waters of memory loss and a detective’s desperate search for the truth. Russell Crowe delivers a gruff and compelling performance as the amnesiac ex-homicide detective tasked with solving a brutal murder. As he digs deeper, the lines between past and present blur, revealing a web of chilling secrets.

The film’s greatest strength lies in Crowe’s portrayal of a man haunted by ghosts he can’t quite recognize. He shoulders the weight of the narrative with a grizzled charisma, making us invested in his character’s struggle. The supporting cast, including Karen Gillan and Tommy Flanagan, provide able support, but it’s Crowe’s show.

However, Sleeping Dogs suffers from pacing issues. The central mystery, while intriguing, unfolds at a slow burn that might test some viewers’ patience. Director Cooper, making his directorial debut here, struggles to maintain a consistent level of suspense. The script, at times, feels overly reliant on clichés, which detracts from the film’s originality.

Ultimately, Sleeping Dogs is a watchable thriller elevated by a strong central performance. If you’re a fan of Crowe and patient mysteries, this film might be worth a watch. But those seeking a fast-paced edge-of-your-seat experience may find themselves wanting more.

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