Wednesday, May 28, 2008

MOVIE: CASSANDRA'S DREAM



ABOUT: Cassandra's Dream (2007) is a suspense film directed by Woody Allen in the UK, starring Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell. It was released in 2007 in Europe and in January, 2008 in the US.

Set in contemporary London, Cassandra's Dream is a powerful and thrilling story about two brothers who are desperate to better their troubled lives. One is a chronic gambler in debt over his head, and the other is a young man in love with a beautiful woman he has recently met. Their lives gradually become entangled in a sinister situation with intense and unfortunate results.




The original score was composed by Philip Glass. This is the first Woody Allen film released with a stereo soundtrack. Allen previously eschewed stereo although often employing Dolby Stereo and Dolby Digital technologies to convey a higher quality mono soundtrack. The film is stereo for its music only.


MY REVIEW: Cassandra's Dream is the last film in Woody Allen's British romance and murder film trilogy. It's also the best one I think. Match Point was a film that mostly everyone loved but I didn't. I thought it was slow, I didn't care what happened to the characters and it was predictable. Scoop was a comedy but it still contained the romance and murder part. Allen was in it so that's always a treat. The way he and Scarlett Johansson go back and forth is the reason to see the movie. Not many liked it but I did. Now comes Cassandra's Dream, another one that not many liked, but I did.

I thought it was much better than Match Point. Mostly because we care about these characters and what happens to them. Even though there is the romance part, murder doesn't come into play mainly because of the romance, unlike Match Point or Allen's other Crimes and Misdemeanors. Where Match Point was predictable, in Cassandra's Dream you never know what is going to happen. Are they going to get away with it? If they do, what happens then?

The DVD contains no features at all. None. So, that sucks.



MY CHEESY RATING: Cassandra's Dream didn't give me nightmares and gets a 7 out of 10.


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