The Raven details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Dave Legeno|
|Rental release:||28 Sep 2012|
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Suitably entertaining 19th century serial killer flickBy TheyCallMeMrGlass (44 reviews) from London , 20 Mar 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I quite enjoyed this. Storywise, its a bit like Seven set in 19th century London, that is, a serial killer detective mystery but here, the killer is forcing a storyline pattern fusing Edgar Allen Poe's stories to life by imitating the murders from several of his stories creating a new one that involves Edgar Allen Poe himself.
Cusack was engaging as the drunken author/poet riding on financial hardship suddenly finding himself helping a detective to catch the killer. At first Poe is quite unlikeable but I then warmed to his idiosyncrasies and determination to find his loved one, whom the serial killer has kidnapped.
There's a couple of really graphic and inventive murders suitably qualified for a SAW or Final Destination movie. There is not enough of them to satisfy the horror enthusiast, though. It might have been a good opportunity to make this a fun horror movie to boot given that there are several murders in the film but we are not shown the rest of them.
The dialogue alternates between flat and humorous with some fun (but admittedly way over my head) wordplay with Poe's character. Poe enthusiasts might enjoy connecting the references of the murders to the various stories that he has written. I havent read any of his stories so I cant make any connections. I do know the overall story/poem of the Raven though and I can say with some confidence, this film isn't that story. Its got ravens in it but I'm not sure that justifies the title, if it does then we might as well call every John Woo film, The White Dove.
I did look forward to seeing this film, as I love V for Vendetta, James Mctiegue first directorial feature. This, his 3rd, is not as good or as clever but it has the same visceral directorial flair and vibe to it which I enjoyed. The script is full of plot holes though and I was annoyed with some scenes that blatantly cheated for the sake of narrative progression.
There isnt anything original here but its competent enough entertainment for a decent Friday night out at the cinema or home rental.
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must watchBy Butterfly1 (5 reviews) , 17 Oct 2012Surprisingly good film. There was a good pace throughout the film that keeps your attention and guessing until the end. Good thriller
Weak and weary...By Sans (5 reviews) , 16 Oct 2012Hmmm... Jury's still out on this one I'm afraid, think I enjoyed it, not sure if I'm trying to convince myself that I did as I do enjoy a period thriller/horror. Wouldn't be in a rush to watch it again. Other half said it left him 'weak and weary', oh my sides are splitting.
OK ButBy a customer , 11 Oct 2012This is an attempt to explain the mystery of Poe's death in 1849 which was probably from alcoholism. Can't see the connection with Saw and it's not as good as Se7en. Scenes are often dark and there is a lot of running around in circles. For those who like to spot historical inaccuracies a newspaper carries the headline 'Serial Killer', a phrase that was first used in the 1970's more than 100 years after Poe's death.
Give it a missBy a customer , 05 Oct 2012Dire film. Tedious script with often unintelligible dialogue, needless gore, actors racing through lines when they're not shouting instead of acting.
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Saw it before?By manonfireuk (403 reviews) from Liverpool , 18 Sep 2012This was a pretty good thriller, like a 19th century version of Saw mixed in with a bit of Seven. The first half of the film resembles Saw as the first few victims are dealt a grisly death through elaborate traps while the rest of the movie turns into a fairly tense hunt for the killer and a missing woman. I was never 100% sure about John Cusack's lead role but he did a fair enough job. The whole story is fairly ridiculous but still very entertaining.