Sleeping Dogs has sharp directional flair evident, particularly in the action segments, taut performances by the large cast and a handsome technical gloss in all departments.
Sleeping Dogs has sharp directional flair evident, particularly in the action segments, taut performances by the large cast and a handsome technical gloss in all departments.When the pictures are left to tell the story they do it with great visual impact. The script is less successful. The story is a political thriller [from the novel Smith's Dream by Karl Stead], set in New Zealand of the near future, and sees the small democracy taken over by the rightist party in power, via rigged shooting at a street demonstration. Overnight a police state is set up, and a counter-revolutionary force of freedom-fighters starts hitting back. As Smith, Sam Neill is natural. He projects the right intensity for a man caught up in an Orwellian nightmare.
Aardvark. Director Roger Donaldson; Producer Roger Donaldson; Screenplay Ian Mune, Arthur Baysting; Camera Michael Sarasin; Editor Ian John; Music Murray Grindlay
(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 107 MIN.
Sam Neill Bernard Kearns Nevan Rowe Ian Mune Ian Watkin Don Selwyn