Cast: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, and Kevin McNally.
Director: James McTeigue
Writer: Ben Livingston (screenplay), Hannah Shakespeare (screenplay)
Runtime: 111 minutes (1 hour and 51 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated R for bloody violence and grisly images
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Production Company: Universal Pictures, Intrepid Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Galavis Film, Pioneer Pictures, and Relativity Media.
Release Date: April 27th, 2012
Tags: Edger Allan Poe, Serial Killer, Torture.
By: John M Delia Jr.
Out from the works of one of the first horror writers is a suspenseful film that will bring you into the middle of a bloody mystery. Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) is in the midst of trying to discover the serial killer that is using parts from his short stories and poems such as “The Raven”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, and “Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque”, to kill and torture his victims. A horrific tale and adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat brings you into a mind of a deranged author that unintentionally inspires a serial killer to strike.
John Cusack does an excellent job portraying this dark but smart character that is now being pulled into his darkest stories. Edgar and Detective Fields (Luke Evans) are charged with tracking down this mysterious serial killer that leaves clues to where and who he will kill next. They depict perfectly the possible solutions and discoveries that have been enthralled onto them from this crazy killer. Luke brings you into the mind of his character and performs a flawless performance that becomes believable. Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), while her love for Edgar is a secret from her father Captain Hamilton (Brendan Gleeson), must find a way to survive through this haunting mystery so she can be with her true love. The fear and anguish performed by Alice on her character was realistically evident by her performance.
With a supporting cast of Brendan Gleeson, and Kevin McNally (Maddux) they perform a wonderful job supporting these excellent main characters. Captain Hamilton is the father of Emily who is highly regarded by all of Baltimore and is now in the middle of these mysterious murders. Maddux the editor of Baltimore’s most regarded newspaper must find a way to support Edgar his friend and best newspaper critic.
The director James McTeigue and writers Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare did a magnificent job with this piece of art. Not only did they put together an excellent, suspenseful film with some gore and action, they also kept me wondering who it was until the very end. I was very impressed by the research performed on Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, where details on each murder and its comparison to the actual literature were spectacular.
An author of many short stories and poems who has been highly referenced in our countries literary history is portrayed well in the fictional story about his last days. By presenting the possibility that his works could be used by a deranged serial killer that will ultimately bring him into this suspenseful mystery is a risk that pays off in the end. An amazing tale that keeps the story rolling through an emotional roller coaster of action, mystery, and suspense.
It was a very exciting and suspenseful film that kept me intrigue and on my toes. The story as well as the action, directing, and cinematography were spectacular and captivating. A mystery that keeps you wondering what this madman will do next just amazed me until the final conclusion.
Final Grade: I give this an “A”, for its great presentation and in-depth detail on the characters.