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Cassandra's Dream

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Cassandra's Dream

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When gambling debt and an expensive courtship place working-class brothers in a financial bind, a rich uncle offers them an out in exchange for committing murder.
Title: Cassandra's dream
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : Weinstein Company Home Entertainment ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Genius Products, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Summary: When gambling debt and an expensive courtship place working-class brothers in a financial bind, a rich uncle offers them an out in exchange for committing murder.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 thematic elements, some sexual material and brief violence.
ISBN: 9781594450235
Statement of Responsibility: The Weinstein Company presents in association with Virtual Films and Wild Bunch an Iberville production ; produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Gareth Wiley ; written and directed by Woody Allen
Credits: Director of photography, Vilmos Zsigmond ; editor, Alisa Lepselter ; music, Philip Glass.
Performers: Hayley Atwell, Colin Farrell, Sally Hawkins, Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital stereo.
Other Language: English dialogue, Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Subject Headings: Murder for hire Drama. Uncles Drama. Debt Drama. Brothers Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Topical Term: Murder for hire
Publisher No: 81064
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Oct 30, 2013
  • Michael rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Didn't like it. Holy smokes - 94 people are lined up on OPL waiting their turn to see this Woody Allen UNfunny movie... probably not so much because of Woody, but more because it stars the enigmatic bad boy of English films Colin Farrell and the usually engaging Ewan Mcgregor. Add for good measure the excellent British character actor and oft-Academy award nominated Tom Wilkinson and... Hey, wait a second... boy, are they going to be ticked off for thinking this was a movie DVD worth waiting for!
Cassandra's Dream is a throw-away name given a sail-boat two working class brothers, Terry (Farrell) and Ian (McGregor) over-extend themselves to buy. The movie is just as throw-away, despite Allen's over-efficient attempt at trying to make it meaningful. I found the script impossible to like... wordy like a stage-play beyond salvation... clichéd... sophomoric... all too neat and tidy to make any lasting impression.
What the hell has happened to Woody Allen, anyway?
Here's a guy whose beautifully neurotic films and plays of the past: From A to Z (literally - that was the name of his first Broadway theatre production...) What's new Pussycat" (his very first scripted movie) Annie Hall... Manhattan... Hannah and Her Sisters... I could go on: Radio Days... Crimes and Misdemeanors... et. al., were winning all kinds of awards as critically acclaimed works that were relevant in their time...
Now, it seems, Allen just throws up on a screen, anything he damn well likes, and pity the audience that thinks it's going to get anything remotely close to his past genius.
It got to the point with me that - with Allen, typically not reigning in his actors - Ewan Mcgregor was allowed to get whinny, practically every time he opened his mouth. That over-indulgence in an actor normally on its own would be bad enough. But having to listen to McGregor deliver his lines with a hyper-extended Cockney accent just killed the very scenes in which this otherwise consummate young Scottish star was required to be a bit over-the-top because the plot development demanded it.
When he was ranting, his voice got so hard to take that I wanted to shut the volume off and just go with sub-titles - only to find no relief there either... the sub-titles were only available in French! lol
Thank gawd for Colin Farrell. If there is any redeeming quality to this film - it's the under-stated performance by Ireland's young pride and joy! As the plot got more complicated and involved - and the script more disjointed - Farrell took off, to a place all great actors go to find sustenance in their work, even when and while their director fails them. I thought Farrell was good in "In Bruges", and that was with gifted guidance. Here, he's even better and truly in his zone, despite Allen's clumsy treatment of both, his characters and his plot.
And what left me totally disgusted was the ending! How boringly neat and utterly super-efficient for Woody to wrap the movie up in such a hurry... with the film's own cinematic equivalent of a dangling participle slipped in at the end involving the two very uninteresting female protagonists in the film.
What the hell was he thinking?
I've got a feeling those other 94 poor souls in OPL who are waiting to see this movie - are going to be just as cheesed off as I was - when they themselves get there!

Oct 29, 2013
  • eusebius rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Woody Allen trying to be Dostoevsky again, with the usual bad results. I like the actors here, Colin Farrell and Sally Hawkins especially, but Allen's script and direction are so lifeless that it's hard to get through this movie. There's no suspense, very little drama in the character's interactions, and the surprise ending is hardly a surprise. Avoid.

Feb 28, 2013
  • Vincent T Lombardo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent, but dark, movie very similar to "Match Point".

Sep 06, 2011
  • markkluk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Fantastic ! A story and ending I couldn't predict. It had my attention all the way through.

May 27, 2011
  • macabrescribe rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was amazed at how unexciting Cassandra's Dream was. It never caught my interest. There was nothing remotely good about it. Considering it is a Woody Allen picture, this movie is a huge disappointment.

May 27, 2010
  • kleaver rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed by this one. I thought the cast was great but the storyline was not. Don't bother watching. Maybe it had something to do with Woody Allen as director...

Confirms every suspicion you have ever had that Woody Allen is an over-rated hack. Apparently he has been watching a lot of British TV. To understand fully what a poor writer of dialogue he has become, just turn on the subtitles. Ian. Terry. Ian. Terry. Ian. Terry. Ian. Terry.

enjoyed the movie .. but I found it tragic

Aug 19, 2009
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good – Cassandra’s Dream (2007) 108 min. I was so excited to discover that this is a Woody Allen picture solely on the opening credits (Allen’s credits are always the same from picture to picture). Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell play brothers asked to commit a heinous crime in return for financial “salvation”. Allen directs this film as an Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode creating the situation out of the lives of ordinary people and topping it off with a touch of O. Henry [O. Henry aka William Sydney Porter was a master writer of the unexpected ending]. Colin Farrell continues to impress this viewer in his wide range acting abilities. Wonderful pacing and musical score. Triva: this is the 3rd of Woody Allen’s films based in the United Kingdom; the others were: Match Point (2005) and Scoop (2006).


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