Cassandra's Dream (2007)

Cassandra's Dream
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Director: Woody Allen
Actors: Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Hayley Atwell, Sally Hawkins, Tom Wilkinson

Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell star as working class brothers whose dreams of better lives leads to desperation greed and deadly betrayal. When gambling debt and an expensive courtship place them in a financial bind a rich uncle offers them an out in exchange for committing murder.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 109mins
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Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Member Reviews (34)

You kind of expect a certain Tone to a movie directed and written by Woody Allen - funny or not. Interesting a New Yorker writing about a cockney sounding family with sons played by an Irishman and Scotsman with their best cockney accents... Locale is vague and some of the situations a bit forced and stereotypical. What I found interesting was how the two brothers (both driven by greed)reacted very differently - they may well have moved on without trace with their lives had the brother played by Colin Farrell (who got them into trouble in the first place by succumbing to a big gambling debt) had not succumbed to admittedly fairly normal feelings of guilt... but it's the other brother played by Ewan McGregor who really surprised me... he was able to shrug off those pangs of guilt completely. He wasn't going to let them get in the way of his plans!
Posted Tuesday, 1 April 2014 See my other reviews
Hector Bellmann
Predictable plot, formulaic situations. There is no humor, no wit. It is a simplistic morality tale for Sunday school children, complete with implications of "crossing the line" established by a moral order in the universe. Its worst fault is being so superficial. Good score by Philip Glass.
Posted Friday, 21 December 2012 See my other reviews
A good story with great actors. No car chases or explosions, just a good solid Drama.
Posted Friday, 10 August 2012 See my other reviews
Oh dear. That was not very good. Maybe my expectations where too high?
Posted Saturday, 23 June 2012 See my other reviews
Found it quite boring, kept watching and waiting for the film to pick up ... but i didn't was boring throughout.. Good acting by Will and Colin - shame it was a boring storyline..
Posted Sunday, 15 January 2012 See my other reviews
Two great actors with a good support cast. Not a bad movie but vaguely familiar - I 've seen this story, or something like it, before but it's not a remake. Worth watching and there are enough surprises to keep you interested
Posted Wednesday, 11 January 2012 See my other reviews
S. Bianca Stromer
Two of my favourite actors, Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell are great in this movie, however, a typical Woody Allen film, has a very boring, drawn out storyline that is completely predictable. Pushing aside Ewan's Scottish accent and Colin's native Irish accent the men are believable as two English peas in a pod brothers who get themselves in an unspeakable pickle. Only worth a look if you're a fan of the actors.
Posted Thursday, 10 November 2011 See my other reviews
I really liked this film. All major characters were played so well by accomplished actors. Ewen Macgregor and Colin Farrell always guarantee fine performances.and I was not disappointed.
Posted Wednesday, 26 October 2011 See my other reviews
Woody Allen in "Match Point" mode. Thoroughly enjoyable thriller with a great script, acting, photography and a faboulous score from Philip Glass. And this went straight to DVD in Australia???? Shame.
Posted Friday, 5 August 2011 See my other reviews
Excellent film, with two favourite actors playing the lead roles.
Posted Wednesday, 1 June 2011 See my other reviews
Anne S
Neither my flatmate nor I managed to get past halfway before switching ... usually a great Colin Farrell fan, but this was just plain dreadful ... gave me an early night, 'cos we both almost fell asleep while watching - agree with the previous comments, multi-tasking is definitely recommended, or even better just plain ol' give it a miss and spend 2 hours having your toenails ripped out, it would be more entertaining and enjoyable! :/
Posted Saturday, 5 February 2011 See my other reviews
Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor are excellent in this well scripted movie from Woody Allen. There is not one line too many, or any unnecessary brooding silences, just to the point story telling. Phillip Glasses' music adds to the atmosphere. An interesting study of greed, desperation and family ties.
Posted Sunday, 9 January 2011 See my other reviews
A very odd Woody Allen movie... hardly any of the trademarks we've come to recognise in his work. Competently made of course, but I get the impression this was a duty assignment, perhaps to secure finance for other projects. It looks and feels like a British TV film, with a cast of well-known British faces... it's well-acted, and with the focus on remorse after the crime it's not just a run-of-the mill crime thriller, but it's ultimately unsatisfying. I also wondered how far these bumbling killers would have got after hanging around outside the victim's house in broad daylight, and arguing loudly in the street about whether to whack him there or not...
Posted Thursday, 27 May 2010 See my other reviews
Kristian C.
good film , not for everyone being a Woody Allen movie and all but still reccomend giving it a watch. Gritty, Suspensful and top notch acting.
Posted Sunday, 18 April 2010 See my other reviews
Michelle H.
Being a Woody Allen movie, of which, although very talented, I'm not generally a fan, this movie was better than expected. Not fast moving, but still kept me watching. Portrayed that money truly isn't everything.
Posted Tuesday, 12 January 2010 See my other reviews
A most unexpected masterpiece of a thriller, written and directed by, of all people, Woody Allen. Not a joke in the whole film, just tension and wondering how it will end. Is there a moral to the story? One wonders. The photography is excellent, the direction is excellent, the style and quality of the acting match the theme. And the ending? Well, can there be an ending? Probably not. Woody Allen did not give it an ending, and that is part of the genius of the film.
Posted Sunday, 3 January 2010 See my other reviews
Peter F.
A Woody Allen film which was very pedestrian. He creates off centre realities but this time it just didn't work. Multi-tasking whilst watching is recommended !
Posted Sunday, 6 December 2009 See my other reviews
Kerrin D.
Absolutely terrible. Turned if off after half an hour, don't waste your time.
Posted Wednesday, 26 August 2009 See my other reviews
Really ordinary, sat and did paperwork whilst it was on but can't say I would recommend it at all!
Posted Tuesday, 25 August 2009 See my other reviews
James W.
really good movie, if you liked match point you will like this movie, great ending
Posted Wednesday, 22 July 2009 See my other reviews
Not good.
Posted Monday, 29 June 2009 See my other reviews
Steven S.
dissapointing, how could a good concept, be written, portrayed and acted so badly, none of the characters were believable, i think i could of done a better job with a few mates and a mobile phone camera, i highly doubt any of the participants will be mentioning this on their CV, unless you get any Cred by saying "i worked with Woody allen once" - don't bother, and you know why ? , cus they did'nt
Posted Tuesday, 19 May 2009 See my other reviews
Kevin D.
There a huge disconnect between the words and phrases that the brothers are given to say and the sort of people they are trying to portray. It's rather like an American has tried to write a British script - oh! but that's true, I knew all along that Allen was the 'writer'. The story though is OK but a bit contrived - rather like the script - with a surprise ending - but by then, who cares?
Posted Monday, 4 May 2009 See my other reviews
Luke P.
Strong drama/morality tale, questions about meaning of existence.
Posted Tuesday, 28 April 2009 See my other reviews
Very Hitchcockian, thriller style morality tale about opportunities taken and their consequences. Beautifully shot in and around London. Colin Farrell gives a brilliant performace as the guilt ridden brother. The ending will surprise!
Posted Wednesday, 14 January 2009 See my other reviews
Very Very Good story, the boys' accents were great, acting a little strange, but it worked. Was it scripted? It seemed as though they made it up as they went along!
Posted Sunday, 11 January 2009 See my other reviews
Okto F.
Posted Monday, 8 December 2008 See my other reviews
Sunet N.
Splendid work from Woody Allen director. As always the dialogues are superb. I never saw Colin Farrell acting so well. I consider Cassandra's Dream as being near of Matching Point another Woody's film. Cassandra's Dream is somewhat a simple story with ordinary characters. It's intelligent and superbly directed. A story about lies, money and family. Is Woody Allen the master of Suspense?
Posted Saturday, 8 November 2008 See my other reviews
Edward M.
Don't bother. Dreadful acting
Posted Friday, 7 November 2008 See my other reviews
Anita S.
I can't see why reviewers had difficulty with this film. I found it very involving and enjoyable. Ewan M. and Colin Farrell both acted quite well in my opinion, and the plot was engrossing.
Posted Wednesday, 29 October 2008 See my other reviews
Michelle G.
I can't say I enjoyed this movie the story was just to weird it did send me to sleep.
Posted Monday, 13 October 2008 See my other reviews
Sarah D.
Agreed - I read the paper while watching it...
Posted Monday, 29 September 2008 See my other reviews
Narelle J.
I really enjoyed it, the characters were great in this movie lots of dialogue which i enjoy and a few twists in the end.
Posted Monday, 22 September 2008 See my other reviews
Sheila B.
did not like this at all watched about the first half hour and that was enough found it very boring
Posted Thursday, 18 September 2008 See my other reviews
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