The next feature film from Taylor Hackford (director of Ray) promises to renew the genre of film noir. In Sniff, he sends Morgan Freeman and Danny DeVito to investigate two murders in an upscale retirement community. At the head of the residence, nothing less than Al Pacino and Helen Mirren.
Not only does the genre appeal to the Oscar-winning director, but setting the plot in a senior citizen’s residence makes it a film anchored in the present. “These high-end retirement homes are proliferating across the United States as the baby boom generation approaches retirement age. There is a lot of money and people want to live in a beautiful environment. That’s what we see on the brochure, but what Tom Gray (the screenwriter) did with it reveals what is under the varnish, ”Taylor Hackford told Deadline.
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The ingredients are in any case gathered to make an expected film: the four main actors and the director are Oscar winners or have been nominated by the Academy. In addition, the plot respects the codes of film noir. What starts off as an investigation into suspicious deaths gives way to a larger plot, mixing sex and drugs in addition to murders.
“I asked (Tom Gray) if he had anyone in mind when he wrote the script. He told me Morgan Freeman as the detective and Al Pacino as the main villain, Helen Mirren as femme fatale – an actress I know quite well, ”explained Taylor Hackford mischievously, since he is also the husband of the actress. “About the policeman’s former partner, he was seeing Danny DeVito. These are people I know well. I have worked with Al, Helen, Danny is a friend and I know Morgan. He was looking for something to do with Helen, he had told me. So I said (to Tom Gray) “I’m going to try to make your dream come true”, “added the director.