January 28, 2008 12:00 PM

Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Tom Wilkinson | PG-13 |


The Cassandra’s Dream of the title is a small boat purchased by two British brothers (McGregor and Farrell) who see it as a symbol of their hoped-for entry into the good life. But anyone even glancingly familiar with Greek mythology knows that Cassandra was the seer whose predictions of doom fell on deaf ears. The brothers, in need of cash, commit a murder for money. Afterward, one of them is plagued by guilt and begins to unravel. It’s territory writer-director Woody Allen has explored before, most notably in 1989’s Crimes and Misdemeanors and in 2005’s Match Point. The cast is in there pitching, but Cassandra’s Dream has a listless, already-chewed feel. The characters seem like doll figures being moved around a giant board by Allen for all too obvious reasons.

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