Movies: Stylish Revenge

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead finds menace in jarring rhythms and edgy violence

Davey (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) is a small-time drug dealer and a big-time womanizer but also a cute, cheeky, likable guy, working the fringes of the London demimonde. One night, for no reason that director Mike Hodges and writer Trevor Preston care to make clear, a car dealer (a particularly malevolent Malcolm McDowell) and two henchmen abduct and brutally rape him. Davey commits suicide, and his terminally taciturn brother Will (Clive Owen, the star of Hodges' Croupier) returns to the criminal life from a rough rural retirement to avenge the kid's death.

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead's plot is as simple...

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