I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
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For I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, director Mike Hodges re-teams with Trevor Preston, the respected British television writer with whom he made a series of documentaries for ITV back in the 1960s. The film also brings the director together again with actor Clive Owen, the star of his previous film, Croupier, which signaled Hodges' resurgence. Owen plays Will Graham, a former London gangster who moved out to the country after suffering a breakdown of some sort. Will works clearing forests, and lives
Feb 18, 2004 Wide
Nov 16, 2004
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Matching the movie's restrained style, Owen is extraordinarily still, and all the more riveting because of it.
A tight, well-made, evocative piece of filmmaking for true connoisseurs of gangster movies that is unnerving, yet completely sure of every step it takes.
This is Owen's picture. He broods, he seethes, he plots. Sometimes he even speaks, but it's not necessary. One glance from Will is enough to send chills down anyone's spine.
Unfortunately, the characters and their motivations are so poorly defined that the story seems vague and incomplete.
While the performances are excellent and the Get Carter-in-reverse plot is intriguing, this is a film where atmospherics triumph over the script.
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead deftly traces the sad, steady pulse just under the skin of things . . . the lingering images etching out their own fitting epitaph.
...ended up sending us to slumberland a good deal sooner than the title implied.
Atmospheric post-noir film of the London underworld that never amounts to much of anything.
The bleak I'll Sleep When I'm Dead may be the year's nastiest noir, but its low profile won't improve via this perfunctory DVD.
Next time Mike Hodges wants to make a movie, I would suggest he shoot it in total darkness and drop the dialogue.
[S]trip[s] the mobster film down to its bare essentials, and the result is stark and relentless...
...a kind of inside-out noir, a stately film about the sad progress of a diminished and sad but still frightful and dangerous monster.
Hodges and Preston have a commendable attitude, but with the thin story and shallow characters, even the right idea doesn't seem as interesting as it should be.
... Hodges is the kind of director who can breathe new life into old material with an offhand, deceptively minimalist approach.
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