1 hour, 48 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for profanity, and some violence.
No extra DVD features
Ewan McGregor ... Ian
Colin Farrell ... Terry
Tom Wilkinson ... Howard
Peter-Hugo Daly ... Boat Owner
John Benfield ... Father
Clare Higgins ... Mother
Ashley Madekwe ... Lucy
Andrew Howard ... Jerry
Hayley Atwell ... Angela Stark
Sally Hawkins ... Kate
Director Woody Allen ("Annie Hall") tells the story of two unhappy brothers Ian and Terry Blaine. Ian (Ewan McGregor "Moulin Rouge") works in the London neighborhood restaurant owned by his parents (John Benfield "Charlotte Gray" and Claire Higgins "Stage Beauty "). Ian's dream is to invest in California hotels and move to the United States. His brother Terry (Colin Farrell "Alexander") ekes out a living in a garage but gets his kicks from betting at the dog track or playing in high-stakes card games. He suddenly finds himself down almost $180,000, and in debt to loan sharks. Meanwhile Ian is busy making promises to a beautiful, “high-maintenance” actress, Angela Stark (Hayley Atwell), promising her a career in Hollywood and buying her expensive gifts.
After winning a bundle in a dog race that paid 60-1, the brothers buy a small yacht which they name “Cassandra’s Dream” after the winning dog. Then a number of both good things and bad happen, prodding the pair to realize that they really need to get some cash, and fast.
Terry and Ian meet with their American uncle, Howard (Tom Wilkinson "In the Bedroom"), who has a plan that would take good care of the brothers for life provided that they do a dangerous job for him. At that point, the family drama turns into a Greek-style melodrama, as writer-director Allen successfully builds tension right up to the film's fateful conclusion.
Although it's been beautifully filmed by Woody Allen’s regular cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and has a roiling score by Philip Glass, there is nothing about "Cassandra's Dream" that demonstrates Woody Allen’s signature style. It does have some Greek-tragic undertones and is basically entertaining while you're watching it, but while it's far better than some of Allen's recent sub-par comedy films, it will still be quickly forgotten.