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Genre: Drama
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Tom Wilkinson, Sally Hawkins, Hayley Atwell
Director: Woody Allen
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007








Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




Set in contemporary London, "Cassandra's Dream" is a powerful and thrilling story about two brothers (Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell) 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 actress (newcomer Hayley Atwell) he has recently met. Their lives gradually become entangled into a sinister situation with intense and unfortunate results.


New York born Woody Allen is 72 years old. The award winning filmmaker has written over 40 screenplays and directed over 40 movies. He has 14 Oscar nominations for Written Directly for the Screen category, which is more than anyone else. He frequently plays a neurotic New Yorker, and has his works set in New York. His last three films have relocated their settings to London, and the collection of three movies has been unofficially labeled as the “London trilogy”. Match Point (2005) is a crime drama romance while Scoop (2006) is a comedy fantasy mystery. And like the other two, this final chapter to the trilogy is a crime drama thriller that makes you ponder about serious issues like morality, ethics and the basic characteristics that make up human nature.

Ewan “Obi-Wan Kenobi” McGregor and Colin “Alexander” Farrell play two brothers who are on the lookout for more cash so that they can lead better lives (isn’t that what we are all after?) When their uncle comes to town and offers them cold hard cash to kill a business partner, they become entrapped in a moral situation which will lead to their eventual downfall. The 110 minute movie looks at how each man deals with this state of affairs.

The casting is top notch here. We’ve got the intense McGregor (Deception, Miss Potter) and Farrell (Miami Vice, The New World) powerfully playing their roles with strong emotions. One man’s Scottish and the other’s Irish – their strong screen presence, appealing accents and sexy charm makes the pairing spot on. Couple that with an underrated performance by Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton, Batman Begins) as the sinister uncle, a beautifully charismatic performance by TV actress Hayley Atwell as a up and coming stage actress, a moodily charismatic score by Philip Glass (The Hours, Notes on a Scandal) and some simple but effective cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond (The Black Dahlia, Melinda and Melinda), you get a very predictable but enjoyable moral drama that is very typically penned by Allen.

Compared to the other two movies, or other Allen’s films for that matter, this one may be a little too self righteous and serious for its own good. But on a day when you want to reflect how far your life has come and what you have done to achieve today’s results, this may just make you think deeply about the whole meaning of a life. Looking out for more cash. Wanting to lead a better life. Wishing for a beautiful spouse to live the rest of your life with. Isn’t that what we are all dreaming for in life?


The Code 3 DVD contains no special features.


There's nothing to complain about the disc’s visual transfer, and the movie is presented in its original English language. 



Review by John Li


. Cassandra's Dream (Movie Review)

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