Who Killed Cock Robin?

Stop laughing at the title. It’s not like that.

Cheng Wei-Hao’s Who Killed Cock Robin? is a paranoid thriller somewhat in the vein of Blow-Up, but it ultimately resembles The Usual Suspects — and not in a good way. Wang (Kaiser Chuang) is a journalist in Taiwan who listens to the police scanner to be the first on the scene to get gory pictures to upload to his paper’s website. But when Wang gets into an accident himself, he discovers that his own car might have been involved in a different accident he’d witnessed nine years previous, during the pre-smartphone days.

He begins unraveling a flashback-laden mystery involving his colleague Maggie (Wei-Ning Hsu) and the paper’s retiring owner Chiu (Christopher Ming-Shun Lee), leading into a struggle against a bevy of mysterious figures determined to keep him from the truth. While the promotional material promises “dazzling gore,” the gore is late in coming and not especially dazzling. (Such a tease!) But until then there’s plenty of tasty research porn, and one of the many plot threads literally has to do with the price of tea in China. But the great irony is that while Wang finds himself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, and those are never a bad thing, in the end Who Killed Cock Robin? proves to be a big ol’ shaggy-dog story. 

Not rated. Opens Friday at the 4-Star Theater.

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