Film Reviews, Short Review

Cassandra’s Dream (2007)

3/4

Cassandra’s Dream, about two brothers (Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell) in dire financial straits who commit a murder to work their way out of it, features many of Woody Allen’s favourite non-comedy themes – guilt and remorse, materialism vs. a more spiritual reading of the universe and so on – themes that he fleshed out much better previously in films like Crimes and Misdemeanours. It is encumbered with some pretty glaring issues like the patronisingly obvious symbolism, heavy-handed exposition regarding the film’s themes, and some scenes look rushed and half-finished, but the film still works as an effective and engaging thriller based around convincing, well-written characters supported by a succession of solid performances by an experienced cast.

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