The Raven

The Raven

2.5 117 Ratings

Directed by : James McTeigue

Release Date : | Length : 111 Minutes

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The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death in this stylish, gothic thriller. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poes darkest works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killers mind in order to stop him from making...more

The Raven Credit & Casting

John Cusack

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The Raven Audience Review

Lost Opportunity

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The Raven is a classic example of how not to judge a film by its trailer. While the trailer's promised a very intriguing period serial killer drama, The Raven in totality lacks the ability to draw you in.

Cussacks plays Poe, a writer who is at the fag end of his career and life, is living only on the support of his love for Alice and is the author of really dark murder mysteries. The police are looking out for a serial killer who uses every single trick in the books Poe wrote to kill his victims, and suspect Poe for the murders. How the mystery gets solved is the rest of the movie.

A quasi biographical script and period setting make for a very interesting setting for a murder thriller. Sadly The Raven squanders the opportunity, So while it gets the period setting perfect, it fails to infuse the right amount of fear and sense of doom to the scenes. Cussacks as Poe is impressive, he is modern, eccentric and destructive in the right measure, yet all of his efforts can't rise above the two dimensional character writing at display. Almost every other character uniformly suffers on account of some really lazy writing and lousy screenplay.

Perhaps sticking to known truths about Poe the writer could have helped salvage interest of at least hardcore fans of the author, but discrepancies and cinematic liberties taken in getting the author;s life on screen make for a disappointing transition from real to the reel.

The Raven is a feeble attempt at fictionalizing the author's life, an attempt that would be easily forgotten, if not forgiven, for it does grave injustice to the searingly sharp and dark novels the writer actually wrote. Watch this only for Cussack's performance, it is the only good thing about the entire film.

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