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Woody Allen, London, Fine Acting, Suspense,
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This review is from: Cassandra's Dream (DVD)
Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor, playing two London brothers, buy a sailboat and name it Cassandra's Dream. In this Woody Allen movie (thankfully he's not in it; his tics and neuroses have long since worn thin) Farrell is a pill-popper, chain-smoker, alcoholic, compulsive gambler, and a lovable [...] with a conscience. His brother is brighter but has a pie in the sky mentality.
The brothers, both needing money, go to their rich uncle, Tom Wilkinson, in a part that should have been fleshed out more, for dough, but he in return wants them to be his hit men to get rid of a whistle blower.
The two men are like clowns as they go through their plans to get rid of the uncle's enemy. It's almost farcical as they fail in one attempt. Both actors are extremely good in their roles. A moral dilemma is presented, but the story doesn't quite sound credible. Farrell, very likable, has to teeter on the edge of caricature.
It's filmed in stunning sunlight with glorious views of London and the countryside which looks idyllic until you get into the minds of the two brothers who are trapped by their own ambitions and flaws. "The New Yorker" featured the DVD in its May 26, 2008 edition. The piece says that Allen's purpose is "to depict life as cruel, grim, and doomed" with "a hopeless view of existence." Because the two brothers are so cloddish in their planning and because they seem so lacking in real guile, I don't think the movie is quite that grim.
Cassandra, after all, was the Trojan prophetess whose correct predictions were not believed because she had spurned Apollo. The movie bears similarities to "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead." This movie will hold your interest.