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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

A movie directed by Mike Hodges

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Slow Start, Spectacular Middle, Where's the End?

  • Apr 10, 2005
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The title of the review just about says it all. This movie gets off to a bit of a slow start. For the first forty minutes you're watching what seems to be a series of unrelated, unfortunate events. Then, everything falls into place and the pleasantly balanced ensemble cast allows you to fall into London's underbelly for an hour of mystery and intrigue surrounding the suicide of Davey (Rhys-Meyers). His older brother, Will (Clive Owen), once a prominent figure in London's crime community has been in hiding for 3 years from his past and himself. While looking at the reasons his little brother killed himself, Will must decide if he'll give in to vengeance, or continue to rise above what he once was.

Yet, just as the film reaches its climax, the credits start to roll leaving several very important plot points completely unresolved. This is beyond simply having an open ending. It ends so abruptly it feels as if the production simply ran out of money to continue.

Ultimately, it is leaving so much open that causes to me award only three stars to what would have otherwise been an absolutely brilliant piece of cinema.

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review by . February 26, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: It promises good acting with a great cast      Cons: It fails on all fronts to deliver anything but boredom.      The Bottom Line: This is a big steaming cup of don't bother.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plo I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead has two words in it that describe this film and they should be pretty obvious.      Will Graham (Clive Owen) has …
review by . November 18, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Mike Hodges respects his audience: rarely does he forget that viewers have the intelligence to piece together the puzzles he creates. Though his films have memorable characters, those characters are enhanced more by what is not said about them than superfluous dialogue and proscenium staging. And while this approach to film making does require participation, the end result is well worth the journey.    Early on in the film we encounter Will Graham (Clive Owen), a disheveled loner …
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Mike Hodges and Clive Owen, director and star of the stylish 1998 crime dramaCroupier, team again in this moody, almost contemplative thriller about a former gangster, Will Graham (Owen), who returns to London after a lengthy self-exile. In a tragic coincidence, Will's brother, Davey (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), has just committed suicide following a rape by a wealthy car dealer (Malcolm McDowell). Convinced there is more to Davey's death than meets the eye, Will--arguing he is nothing like his old, violent, urban self--slowly evolves again into a formidable criminal. Hodges and screenwriter Trevor Preston emphasize tone and spiritual inference over precise character motivation. Not everything that can be known about Will (especially his rocky psychological state and history with a former lover, played by Charlotte Rampling) is expressly stated. But one can feel his stifled nature rising, paradoxically, toward revenge, and his final actions have an existential power and mystery.--Tom Keogh
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Director: Mike Hodges
Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 18, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 24min
Studio: Paramount
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