“The Raven” is a fictionalized story about a serial killer who uses the plots of famous author Edgar Allan Poe’s tales to carry out his killing spree. It is hard to imagine the concept hasn’t been made into a movie before now. It’s sheer genius. Poe’s tales are so macabre and beloved that many of them have already been done for the big screen – some several times – but never like this.
Poe has been a character of interest ever since his first published works took the world by surprise. Brilliant and shrouded in mystery, the man’s death remains unsolved to this day. Found delirious and wandering the streets of Biltmore in 1849, he succumbed several days later without ever regaining consciousness. No one knows how he came to be in such terrible condition or what exactly he died from.
In the story, a serial killer seeking Poe’s attention carries out a string of gruesome crimes based on Poe’s tales including “The Pit and the Pendulum” and “Murders in the Rue Morgue.” As the crimes progress, police turn to Poe for assistance in getting inside the killer’s head. Poe is reluctant to be involved at first but eventually joins the search. The matter becomes more personal when his love interest, played by Alice Eve, is captured and destined to be the killer’s next victim. In a battle against time, Poe swears to kill his enemy regardless of the outcome of the case.
Illinois native, John Cusack stars as the author who founded the detective series genre. Cusack’s performance is what makes this movie worth seeing. While some of the plot seems a bit jumbled and other characters not as well fleshed out, according to some critics, Cusack has done a masterful job of balancing the brilliance with the madness that was reportedly Poe. The character bridges the gap from egotistical writer to caring individual thanks to Cusack’s nuanced performance. Southern Illinois fans can see their native born son (born in Evanston, Illinois) and avid Chicago sports team fan in “The Raven” at AMC Centre 8, and AMC Showplace Carbondale 8.
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