Iíll Sleep When Iím Dead (0/10)
2004 by Tony Medley
No need to wait for
death. Just see this movie. Davey (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) commits suicide
after being raped by Boad (Malcolm McDowell). His brother, Will (Clive
Owen), seeks revenge. It takes 102 excruciating minutes to tell this
story, most of it shot at night. The first hour and a quarter is
meaningless nonsense, after Davey gets raped.
Never will you see a
movie that takes itself more seriously than this one. How bad is it? As
I was driving home from the screening, I kept saying to myself, ďGod,
that was awful!Ē
I figure that Clive
Owen must be laughing at everyone. He was lionized for his role in an
equally slow movie, Croupier (1998), also directed by Mike
Hodges. But, letís face it, all he did in Croupier was to play
a phlegmatic, emotionless stoic. Here he is even more laconic, although
I wouldnít have thought that possible. This isnít what I call
acting. I could sleepwalk my way through a movie and not show any
emotional reaction to anything just as well as Owen.
Believe it or not,
even though this film goes on for almost two hours, thereís little to
say about it. It does contain one of the more ridiculous speeches
youíll ever see or hear, however, as Boad explains to Will why he
raped Davey. It was so ludicrous I actually laughed out loud. Tina Fey
couldnít write a better parody for Saturday Night Live.
I do have a
constructive criticism to add here. Most of this was shot at night.
Unfortunately, you could actually see the actors. Next time Hodges wants
to make a movie, I would suggest he shoot it in total darkness and drop
June 10, 2004