Farrell and McGregor make a nightmare out of a Dream.
CASSANDRA'S DREAM (Woody Allen). 109 minutes. Opens Friday (February 6). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: N
The success of Vicky Cristina Barcelona may have given Woody Allen's sagging rep a last-minute boost - but movies like Cassandra's Dream, made a year earlier but only opening in Canada now due to a distribution nightmare, are the reason it was sagging in the first place.
Cassandra's Dream is the worst movie Allen has ever made. It's a pitiable attempt at Greek tragedy, transplanted to the British class system he still doesn't understand and further hobbled by the woeful miscasting of Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell as brothers (and Londoners!) whose money troubles lead them into the usual spiral of murder, guilt and betrayal.
It's briefly amusing to watch McGregor and Farrell struggle to sync up their accents and to see then-unknowns Hayley Atwell and Sally Hawkins turn up as their significant others. But this is just another thin rehash of Crimes And Misdemeanors. The only energy comes from Philip Glass's nervous underscore.