Where Sleeping Dogs Lie

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"A writer searching for the dead is about to uncover the killer."
  • R
  • 1991
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 4.5  (1,065)

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie is a gripping thriller from 1991, starring Dylan McDermott, Tom Sizemore, and Sharon Stone. The movie, directed by Charles Finch, tells the story of a struggling young artist named Bruce Simmons (Dylan McDermott), who embarks on a journey to uncover the truth behind his estranged father's mysterious disappearance.

The film opens up with Bruce coming back to his childhood home located in a small, remote town in California. Bruce's strange behavior and the grim looks of his hometown's residents suggest that something terrible happened in the past, which is still haunting the town. Bruce inherits his family home after the passing of his mother and finds a cache of old journals in the attic which contains a cryptic message with a faint hope of answers.

Bruce soon discovers that his father was a respected journalist who disappeared thirty years earlier while investigating corruption in the town's local government, headed by a wealthy businessman named Tom O'Meara (Tom Sizemore). Inspired to uncover the truth about his father's disappearance, Bruce starts to investigate the case, enlisting the help of local reporter Helen (Sharon Stone). As they dig deeper, they start to unravel a web of corruption and deception that threatens to expose secrets the townspeople have struggled to keep hidden for years.

As the investigation unfolds, Bruce and Helen's safety becomes threatened by the people they confront, highlighting the riskiness inherent in engaging corrupt powerful people. The movie also explores the personal struggles of both Bruce and Helen, which influences their decisions and actions throughout the film. Bruce's anger and desire for revenge, and Helen's commitment to uncovering the truth even if it means risking her career and life. These personal challenges cast more doubt on who to trust and who has their best interests at heart.

The film's visuals, tone, and music set the stage for the compelling story. The cinematography captures the bleakness of the town and the eerie atmosphere of the larger world. The dark rhythm is emphasized by the musical score, creating a haunting and tense feel throughout the film.

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie is a gripping thriller that explores the human cost of searching for the truth in a town filled with corruption, lies, and secrets. The film builds tension as the mysteries and consequences of the past start to come to the surface, and the risks of pursuing justice become apparent. The talent of the actors, the quality of the cinematography, and the mature storytelling make this film an engaging watch. It shines a spotlight on the complexities of unraveling the truth and the toll it can take on individuals when the truth is not enough.

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie is a 1991 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.5.

Where Sleeping Dogs Lie
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    4.5  (1,065)