I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Nothing is easy to figure out in this moody British revenge drama from Mike Hodges (who directed 1971's crime classic Get Carter and 2000's casino… I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Nothing is easy to figure out in this moody British revenge drama from Mike Hodges (who directed 1971's crime classic Get Carter and 2000's casino…
Movie on DVD Review

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 16, 2004; DVD Release Date: Nov 16, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Clive Owen; Distributor: Paramount Classics

Nothing is easy to figure out in this moody British revenge drama from Mike Hodges (who directed 1971's crime classic Get Carter and 2000's casino noir Croupier). What's the connection between two well-dressed, chauffeur-driven baddies (Ken Stott and the ever-twisted Malcolm McDowell)? What leads one of them to so brutally assault a drug-dabbling party boy (Rhys Meyers) that the lad kills himself? How will the victim's older brother, a former ruthless gangster (Owen), handle the horrifying news, and why'd he flee London? And for God's sake why bury Owen's rough-hewn good looks under a beard for most of the film? (He's a recluse, but that's just cruel!) With quick dialogue, clever editing, and a somber noirish sense of intrigue, Hodges stylishly lets some — but not all — of the answers emerge.

EXTRAS None.

Originally posted Nov 26, 2004 Published in issue #794 Nov 26, 2004 Order article reprints
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