Sleeping dogs Reviews

  • May 17, 2020

    sam neill made some great movies - possession, dead calm, and event horizon. this was one of his first.

    sam neill made some great movies - possession, dead calm, and event horizon. this was one of his first.

  • Apr 18, 2020

    Sam Neill's first lead in a feature takes place in a dystopian New Zealand under martial law. A loner Barry Smith who has left his wife for solace on an island gets dragged back into the melee accused of terrorism offences. Neill is luminous; he has genuine star quality. The film is novelistically shot and edited. It is reminiscent of The Fugitive. Smith cannot escape his past or be relieved from responsibilities, his or those of society.

    Sam Neill's first lead in a feature takes place in a dystopian New Zealand under martial law. A loner Barry Smith who has left his wife for solace on an island gets dragged back into the melee accused of terrorism offences. Neill is luminous; he has genuine star quality. The film is novelistically shot and edited. It is reminiscent of The Fugitive. Smith cannot escape his past or be relieved from responsibilities, his or those of society.

  • Feb 16, 2017

    Ordinary man becomes unwillingly involved as a resistance fighter and framed as a conspirator against a repressive regime in New Zealand. First feature for NZ Director Roger Donaldson with Warren Oates curiously appearing in a small role.

    Ordinary man becomes unwillingly involved as a resistance fighter and framed as a conspirator against a repressive regime in New Zealand. First feature for NZ Director Roger Donaldson with Warren Oates curiously appearing in a small role.

  • Nov 08, 2012

    This is a very New Zealand film. Its one of the first features made here is years and it represents the beginnings of two very successful careers, Roger Donaldson and Sam Neill. The film is obviously very low budget but they do a lot with what they had. The film is still very compelling and while the story is pretty heavy going, it os very entertaining. Sam Neill is great in this roll, it was perfect for him at the time. He holds his own, even when a true hollywood star, Warren Oates, briefly shows up. So, if you like or are interested in New Zealand cinema, or just like a quality low budget film, give it a look, it won't let you down.

    This is a very New Zealand film. Its one of the first features made here is years and it represents the beginnings of two very successful careers, Roger Donaldson and Sam Neill. The film is obviously very low budget but they do a lot with what they had. The film is still very compelling and while the story is pretty heavy going, it os very entertaining. Sam Neill is great in this roll, it was perfect for him at the time. He holds his own, even when a true hollywood star, Warren Oates, briefly shows up. So, if you like or are interested in New Zealand cinema, or just like a quality low budget film, give it a look, it won't let you down.

  • Aug 13, 2011

    A bit of a mixed bag.

    A bit of a mixed bag.

  • Nov 06, 2008

    While it is laboured with some problems - the woman playing Gloria is woefully miscast, and the editing and sound editing are a bit naff in places - Sleeping Dogs is a surprisingly intelligent, stark look at one man who becomes an unwitting poster-boy for guerilla revolutionaries in a New Zealand in civil war. The prominent theme - that political conflict not only affects the guilty, but the innocent, too - is just as pertinent today as it was then, and Roger Donaldson's direction is excellent for such a low-budget film. Sam Neill also gives an excellent early performance.

    While it is laboured with some problems - the woman playing Gloria is woefully miscast, and the editing and sound editing are a bit naff in places - Sleeping Dogs is a surprisingly intelligent, stark look at one man who becomes an unwitting poster-boy for guerilla revolutionaries in a New Zealand in civil war. The prominent theme - that political conflict not only affects the guilty, but the innocent, too - is just as pertinent today as it was then, and Roger Donaldson's direction is excellent for such a low-budget film. Sam Neill also gives an excellent early performance.

  • Jul 31, 2008

    A really good movie. Very 70s. Especially amazing when you consider it's the first 35mm color feature ever made in New Zealand.

    A really good movie. Very 70s. Especially amazing when you consider it's the first 35mm color feature ever made in New Zealand.

  • Jun 20, 2008

    NZ in the 70s wasn't really like this. I remember seeing it way back then but didn't get my 10 year old head around it at all. I've seen it again since reaching adulthood and it has theat oddness of a Kubric directed tale. Exciting clashes and worth watching simply because of it's heritage.

    NZ in the 70s wasn't really like this. I remember seeing it way back then but didn't get my 10 year old head around it at all. I've seen it again since reaching adulthood and it has theat oddness of a Kubric directed tale. Exciting clashes and worth watching simply because of it's heritage.