Hodges re-emergence as the master of the dark, uncompromising
thriller shows no sign of abating.
Christopher Tilly, HOTDOG
Hodges isnt interested in happy endings
Hes interested in re-invigorating your soul and spirit .
John Patterson, MIKE H0DGES: BEYOND GET CARTER BBC 4
"Hodges film exudes the same reptilian menace
he showed in GET CARTER."
Xan Brooks, THE GUARDIAN, London
Hodges gives the last decade's worth of London Gangster
cliches a reviving twist.
Jonathan Romney, THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY, London
Anyone familiar with GET CARTER or CROUPIER will recognize the directors
painstaking attention to detail and the rhythm of sequences, his preference for an
enigmatic male as the still center of the action and his need to look beyond the surface of things into a subterranean world.
There are neon-washed streets, shimmering nightscapes and a resolute investigator. But the film offers much more than pastiche. Like Raymond Chandler, Hodges prefers atmosphere to plot and psychological realism to genre. Consequently his film is in constant tension with its nourish qualities.
The casting demonstrates Hodges desire to ring the changes on the stock characters of gangster stories. Malcolm McDowells playing against Clive Owen provides a fruitful
clash of acting styles. Hodges draws out sensitive performances all round, not least from Jaimie Foreman as the devoted Artful Dodger and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the chancer who comes a cropper.
Stephen Chibnall, SIGHT AND SOUND
With Hodges masterful touch conveying how deep
run the rivers of regret, ILL SLEEP WHEN IM DEAD may take its
place with GET CARTER as a classic British gangster film. RICHLY ATMOSPHERIC."
Ray Bennett, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
RIPPLES WITH ATMOSPHERE. Mike Hodges and Clive Owen
re-teamed for another noir that favors mind games over tricks of style.
Some of us would pay money just to watch Owen sit on a box for two hours and he doesnt disappoint.
Katrina Onstad, THE NATIONAL POST, Canada
A TAUT GANGSTER FILM. Mike Hodges and Warren Zevon,
whose song ,
ILL SLEEP WHEN IM DEAD, was borrowed for the films title, are artists
celebrated for their sympathy with the dark souls dwelling in the underworld
of crime and despair.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL, Toronto
A BRILLIANT GANGSTER FILM,
ILL SLEEP WHEN IM DEAD is marked by unusual psychological moves
and a noble directorial approach.
PARLIAMENT GAZETTA, Moscow
"Hodges' elegant direction is underscored by the bluish,
cold views of London
streets and a cracking ensemble of riff-raffs and lost loves (Malcolm McDowell,
Ken Stott, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Charlotte Rampling) providing a fine
counterpoint to Clive Owen's understated hard man."
Dazed and Confused
"Although they share similar themes, these two films
are vastly different.
I'LL SLEEP WHN I'M DEAD is more like a mirror image of GET CARTER in that, unlike "Jack Carter," "Will Graham" is trying to reject a life of violence rather than embrace it ...
Like all of Hodges' films, it will stand revisiting a time or two."
Andy Dougan, EVENING TIMES, Scotland
Shy Master of the Movie
Terrence Rafferty piece on Mike Hodges in NY Sunday Times
The return of the outsider
Gavin Lambert Guardian feature
Interview with Mike Hodges
Geoff Andrew interview
to Face: Mike Hodges
Interview in 'Dazed and Confused'
Interview with Mike Hodges in the Guardian
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"The best british film of its year.
A superb thriller" - John Patterson, THE GUARDIAN