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Cassandra's Dream (2007)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 116
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 63

Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson act up a storm in Cassandra's Dream, but Woody Allen's heavy-handed symbolism and foreshadowing drains the plot of all tension.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 22

Colin Farrell and Tom Wilkinson act up a storm in Cassandra's Dream, but Woody Allen's heavy-handed symbolism and foreshadowing drains the plot of all tension.

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Director Woody Allen continued to work in the dark mold of his 2005 thriller Match Point with this suspenseful tale of two brothers (Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor) transformed into mortal enemies after scheming to alleviate their financial difficulties by turning to crime. Ian (McGregor) and Terry Blaine (Farrell) are two Cockney siblings whose lives seem to have simply fallen apart. While hard-drinking auto mechanic Terry lives with his girlfriend, Kate (Sally Hawkins), and suffers all the

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Farrell and McGregor bring much to their roles...to make Cassandra's Dream an effective and chilling ride.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's enough to make you pine for the good old days -- back when life was only partly ironic and Woody was totally funny.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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These characters not only don't talk like working-class Londoners, they don't talk like anyone.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Slate
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The problem is, you don't feel the human sweat and strain in Cassandra's Dream, despite game work from Farrell and McGregor. There are plenty of ideas and themes and no people of distinctive interest to enliven them.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Allen is notorious for not giving his actors explicit instructions, and yet somehow this worked wonders for Farrell, who has never seemed so naked, so clear and so unencumbered as he does here.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Although McGregor and Farrell produce some occasionally spirited moments, particularly in the earlier scenes, they are little more than walking and talking schemes, their choices based entirely on socioeconomic impulses.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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By no means is this lukewarm drama Woody Allen's worst work, but it's no dream, either.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Everything is utterly disengaged

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Cassandra's Dream is, in fact, not the worst film in the Woodman's oeuvre. But it does tend to underline his weaknesses.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Woody Allen still insists on making movies at the rate of one a year, but he clearly needs to slow down. A lot.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Disappointing, badly overwritten drama from Woody Allen, rendered almost unwatchable by dreadful Cockney accents from McGregor and Farrell.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

At this point, I guess we should just applaud Allen for his work ethic.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

By the time the blokes played by McGregor and Farrell get around to confronting their misdeeds, they're the only ones who care.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Although all the performances are remarkable, the actors can't break free from the too neat-and-tidy script.

October 18, 2008
Palo Alto Weekly

A clumsy, clichéd morality play that may actually represent the lowest point of Allen's recently chequered career.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Woody Allen's neurotic-speak works wonders coming from a New Yorker, but coming from a Brit? Not so much.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

The writing is terrific as are the performances by Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor who play brothers with dreams beyond their means.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

This is Colin Farrell's best work in years and proof that Woody Allen is an old dog, and these are new tricks.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Every Woody Allen movie becomes an occasion to discuss what went wrong with Woody Allen movies. My own theory is that Allen simply became too efficient at getting his movies made %u2014 he works quickly and cheaply and he never has to convince his backers

August 25, 2008 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Woody Allen vuelve sobre ciertos temas de algunas de sus mejores obras (Crímenes y Pecados, Match Point), pero esta vez sin una gran historia que los sustente.

August 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Taken for what it is, and without hoping for another Match Point or Crimes and Misdemeanors, Cassandra's Dream is a fine genre film that succeeds at what it attempts, even if it doesn't attempt all that much.

July 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for Cassandra's Dream

If Woody Allen was trying to capture the magic of his dark crime drama Match Point once again, he sure didn't do it here. That's a shame too, because this had a lot of potential.

The film follows two cash strapped brothers played by Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell who agree to kill a business associate for their wealthy uncle played by the always reliable class act Tom Wilkinson. There's also love going on as well, with Hayley Atwell being the main attraction for McGregor. Though she got major exposure later in Captain America: The First Avenger, she proves quite appealing here, too.

The main plot wouldn't be so bad had this not been released around the same time as Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead- a much similar, but far superior crime thriller. Also, though the film skirts around it, it ultimately fails to live up to the hope of fully incorporating the ideas from the folklore figure Cassandra the ignored doomsayer.

The film is shot extremely well, looks gorgeous, and has some great music, and, while it is fun to see the two male leads interact, none of the performers really bring their A game, and that includes Allen. The lack of heart and soul to the proceedings is quite obvious, and ultimately this comes off as less of an earnest effort and more of just something Allen made just to fulfill his pattern of releasing at least one film a year.
November 3, 2012
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I have never been a fan of Woody Allen films, but the last couple that I have seen have surprised me...I can actually say that I have liked them. Hmmmm. Go figure. I have noticed, however, that fans of Woody Allen films have not. Maybe this is a new era for him. Hope so...This movie has some great acting, especially from Colin Farrell, and a decent storyline. Reminds me of a Hitchcock type of film.
September 10, 2012
itsjustme2004

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I don't remember anything about this movie and I watched it about a month ago so I guess that's all that needs saying about it.
December 7, 2011
purplemegan

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