The ultimate weapon which was meant to be safe for the mankind produces global side effects including time slides and disappearances. The scientist behind the project and his car are zapped... See full summary »
In this sequel to Hope and Glory (1987), Bill Rohan has grown up and is drafted into the army, where he and his eccentric best mate, Percy, battle their snooty superiors on the base and look for love in town.
Caleb Landry Jones,
In addition to being a mainstay of the local lifeboat crew Norman has been the manager of the little pier theatre in his home seaside town for forty years ever since he was a youngster. In ... See full summary »
Roger Lloyd Pack,
After a terrible accident, a psychatrist has to help Bruce to regain his memory. In flashbacks we learn that his family had to flee from New York after his father uncovered a large case of ... See full summary »
In John Boorman's short 'I Dreamt I Woke Up', the director describes a personal side of his life in Ireland and reveals some of the hidden roots connecting many of his most memorable films, such as 'Excalibur' and 'Deliverance'. But this is a short film which will divide its audience, as 'Excalibur', 'The General' and many of John Boorman's films have. Watching a film in this category is either like meeting an old friend or being harassed by a stranger, depending on whether you relate to it or not. And this is the point - it's almost impossible and certainly pointless to criticise a film like this. You can't criticise honesty!
The film was originally commissioned by the BBC, and it shows; Boorman has clearly enjoyed being free of commercial concerns and has wilfully abandoned the usual led-by-the-hand narrative necessary for mainstream commercial cinema. Instead, has had created a film which glides between the often bland waking world of concrete facts and simple truths and the often labyrinth and fluid world of dreams and the myths of the soul. Utilising John Hurt, Charlie Boorman and Janet McTeer to play characters from both sides of the divide, Boorman manages to portray some of the perfect ambiguities of the life of dreams and the unconscious.
If all that sounds like nonsense, then this film will definitely be a stranger to you!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?