Cassandra's Dream (12A)

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Posted: Tue May 20 2008

You’ve got to admire the energy of Woody Allen – who’s made a film a year since the mid-1960s. But his ‘London’ period films, commencing with the mildly diverting subterfuges of ‘Match Point’, seem more and more  like ‘B’ movies. His avoidable latest – what you might charitably call a light tragedy – is named after the sailing boat purchased by Terry and Ian, chalk-and-cheese, sitcom-named, cockney brothers played by Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor. (The highlight of the movie is hearing them dropping their aitches  singing ‘Show Me the Way to Go ’Ome’ together.)

The fates are pursuing both brothers: the more sympathetic Terry, a neurotic car mechanic at a North Kensington garage hoping to set up home with lively, heart-of-gold girlfriend Kate (an admirable Sally Hawkins) is dogged by his gambling addiction. In crude contrast, the more confident Ian – who dreams of being a property developer while still working at their stolid dad’s little restaurant – looks set to be a victim of hubris. Not only does he romance hiss-ably self-regarding Sloane actress Angela (suffering Hayley Atwell) in bro’s borrowed sports cars, but he also believes he can get away with murder, persuading Terry to knock off a visiting associate of their bent, rich uncle (Tom Wilkinson).

Shot over  a  wide, if ill-used, range of London locations, it’s a weak drama of misguided ambition and fatal character flaw, lacking any discernible authorial voice. You feel, vaguely, Allen had Mike Leigh in mind – or was it Sophocles? – but never told his actors. They flounder in a half-hearted movie  lacking any sense of dramatic irony, place or purpose.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri May 23, 2008

Duration:

108 mins

Cast and crew

Cinematography:

Vilmos Zsigmond

Screenwriter:

Woody Allen

Cast:

Hayley Atwell, Colin Farrell, Ewan McGregor, Sally Hawkins, Tom Wilkinson

Director:

Woody Allen

Music:

Philip Glass

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billymolloy

I thought that this was a film student exercise when i stumbled onto it on hotel tv. The last contender for Directors Gone Wrong, Riley Scott's steaming turd A Good Year, was blown out of the water. Ewan and Colin channel Danny from Withnail and I, or is it Bowie from the laughing gnome period?

Adam K

I agree with most people here, this film is terrible. In fact it's worse than terrible. Ewan and Colin's accents are atrocious, their acting is awful and the film production must have been done on a budget of around £10. It's by far the worst film i've ever seen. You need to watch it to believe it.

usman khawaja

Cassandra must have been really furiously hungry as she ate the crew and left the extras for us and that is the only explanation for this most misdirected ,badly shot and worst acted movie of the year, A middle class brit family with 2 brothers [farell and ewan ]desperately need some money ,their rich corrupt uncle gives them a contract killing in exchange for the dough. Colin farell was bad in IN BRUGES ,here he is a depressed alcoholic gambler and i can see what got him to that stage with turkeys like Alexander and MIAMI VICE,you seriously need to contemplate suicide after that. Ewan should have perished On the African motorbike ride for Channel 4 as that would have been good riddance of another awful actor . They both look ugly too and the camera work was less than amateurish ,it was childish with no editing whatsoever,as for Woody he was not on the set or the outdoors where everybody kept sitting in a terraced house OR WALKING IN CIRCLES ,but somewhere sunning in the Bahamas directing on a videophone or cell . The mum and dad of the brother duo who have the dream[title] about their retarded sons disappear without any warning after the murder and we are left with two retarded female partners who cannot see two schizoid maniacs who are seriously psychotic . But wait till you meet the dumb uncle who gives a contract killing to the two most dysfunctional lads in blighty and still goes scot free . A truly inadvertent must-see hilarious comedy by someone who made Purple rose of cairo ,Hannah and sisters and Sleeper . time to take a nap -go see cassandra's NIGHTMARE ,it is about LOVE AND DEATH and HOW TO LEARN TO MURDER IN THREE SESSIONS ,OR SORRY WAS IT HOW TO HAVE SEX...- jbz7879

MIrna Dzamonja

An excellent film that had me thinking for days afterwords. A very deep understanding of human psychology. In addition, some really funny Woody Allen moments- uncle Howard is unmissable. I cannot understand the view of the critic above.

MIrna Dzamonja

An excellent film that had me thinking for days afterwords. A very deep understanding of human psychology. In addition, some really funny Woody Allen moments- uncle Howard is unmissable. I cannot understand the view of the critic above.

Tita

Ohhh critics... I wish they could at least do their job properly when then review a film... I loved the film, direction and performances. Not to be compared to Match Point, just because the guy chose London again as a set... It is only a film ...FFS, a good one... I enjoyed it.

Tita

Ohhh critics... I wish they could at least do their job properly when then review a film... I loved the film, direction and performances. Not to be compared to Match Point, just because the guy chose London again as a set... It is only a film ...FFS, a good one... I enjoyed it.

Fielding

Excellent film. It's practically criminal that hardly any critics are giving Woody Allen credit for the ease with which he is staging scenes of suspense and murder.

Fielding

Excellent film. It's practically criminal that hardly any critics are giving Woody Allen credit for the ease with which he is staging scenes of suspense and murder.

Carl Gnilddaws

Not as good as Match Point, but certainly quite different from almost all other Allen films - the Philip Glass score is haunting. Once again, at least three scenes that prove Allen is proving to becoming something of a master of a suspenseful scene late his career.

Carl Gnilddaws

Not as good as Match Point, but certainly quite different from almost all other Allen films - the Philip Glass score is haunting. Once again, at least three scenes that prove Allen is proving to becoming something of a master of a suspenseful scene late his career.