The Raven details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Alice Eve, John Cusack, Dave Legeno, Luke Evans|
|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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Thrilled to the end...By cherrylad (54 reviews) from cambridge , 09 Dec 2012great story line,well acted,kept you on edge to the end,at last a decent film to enjoy,well worth a night in to watch
Good, better than I expected...By SiSlayRD500 (166 reviews) from Solihull , 07 Dec 2012Overall I thought this was good and better than I expected. Reasonably good acting, a fairly good story, engaging enough to keep me watching to the end and I found it an enjoyable watch. Definitely worth a watch and I think worth at least my 3 1/2 star rating.
Poe to poop onBy a customer , 04 Dec 2012I'd wanted to see this for an age but ultimately found the experience to be a disappointment , the premise for the film is better than the actual finished article . If you haven't worked out who the killer is by the half way point then I'd suggest hiring Barney as you'll probably be equally impressed . Its poorly acted , ill conceived and predictable , this title has nothing to offer that hasn't been done better in other films . The plot has very little to intrigue anyone of average intelligence and almost verges upon a cheap sunday afternoons viewing on movies 24 . The only good point was the end as it tries to explain Poe's death in 1849 which in reality were under very similar and mysterious circumstance.
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OUTSTANDING EDGE OF YOUR THRILLERBy MADONMOVIES (62 reviews) , 02 Dec 2012Brilliant film. When I first sat down to watch this film I was dreading it, as my partner had chose it. Edgar Alan Poe, never been a real great fan of his work. Saying that this is a really great edge of your seat, who the hell could it be, action thriller. Well worth watching and I would certain recommend it to add to your list. Well worth watching
good thrillerBy a customer , 26 Nov 2012I really enjoyed this film .It kept me gripped till the very end. Worth a look. This is worth four stars unlike cabin in the woods which was not.