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Movie Review: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Alternate Title: Revenge is Sweet

Story: The film noir genre is characterized by low-key lighting, a bleak urban setting, and corrupt, cynical characters - also known as Lobo's type of film. If you are a fan of this genre than check out director Mike Hodges' (Get Carter, Croupier) new film written by Trevor Preston.

Sensing trouble a reformed gangster returns to his old stomping grounds after three years of living in the woods to find that his younger brother is dead from an apparent suicide. His probing uncovers the suicide came after a brutal rape. His sole mission is revenge. Like a feral predator he slowly, methodically tracks down his prey.

The film is dark, moody and very slow paced. This may be annoying to some, but thoroughly enjoyable for others. The streets of London are scary as shown in this film. I half expected Jack the Ripper to pop out of some dark alley. If noir is your cup of tea check out this film.

Acting: Clive Owen is on my top five male actors list. He is large, powerful and intelligent. He does not say much in this film - but does not have to in order to maintain his star power. Malcolm McDowell has been scaring me since I saw him in Clockwork Orange in 1971. He still scares me. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is always interesting to watch. Charlotte Rampling did not work well for me in this part as the old love interest. She was even too dour for my noirish taste.

Predilection: I like film noir and I like Clive Owen and will see him in just about anything.

Critters: A parakeet and a Doberman (who does not fare well).

Food: When you are seeking revenge there is no time to eat.

Visual Art: Some bad paintings.

Blatant Product Placement: None.

Soundtrack: Terrific jazzy sounds to help set the noirish mood.

Opening Titles: Very seductive film noir black and white titles with deep shadows.

Theater Audience: About 15 guys and me. I guess this is not a 'chick flick.'

Sappy Factor: Revenge is sweet, but not sappy.

Squirm Scale: The rape scene is definitely squirmy.

Predictability Level: Moderate.

Oscar Worthy: No. But someday Clive Owen will get an Oscar (that's a for sure).

Nit Picking: The pace could have been picked up a bit.

Big Screen or Rental: If you like revenge films and are a fan of film noir, check it out on the big screen and rent Get Carter and The Limey. For some other Clive Owen films, how about trying: The Bourne Identity, Gosford Park, The Croupier and he plays DCI Ross Tanner on the British TV series Second Sight.

Length: Under two hours.