The Raven


John Cusack turns in a Poe-faced performance

No one really knows how Edgar Allan Poe spent his final days. But we’re pretty sure it wasn’t hunting for a serial killer copycatting his stories, as suggested in James McTeigue’s flashy hodge-podge of biopic, mystery and gorno.

“I feel I’ve gone from author to character in one of my tales!” sighs John Cusack’s Poe as he and detective Luke Evans race between crime scenes redolent of The Pit And The Pendulum, The Murders In The Rue Morgue and others.

The result, alas, is as implausible as the stars’ gleaming choppers. Who knew they had such great dentistry in 1840s Baltimore?

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    • acrestare

      Mar 10th 2012, 2:26

      Now this sounds interesting. This and that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie coming out seem pretty neat because they take a twist on history and turn it into something ridiculous.

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    • willow138

      Mar 17th 2012, 0:26

      Ok so this deserved at least one more star guys come on? Was quite funny in parts too. I did spot a couple errors though like one of the newspaper titles said "the serial killer" a term which wasnt coined until the 1970s on the Bundy case. But my only real problem with the film was that the credit sequence was totally out of sorts with the theme of the entire film. what was that about?

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    • FBSHarrigan

      Mar 25th 2012, 19:55

      This is historical fiction at its goofiest. Obviously anyone going into this film for an accurate biopic or documentary will be sorely disappointed. It seems brilliant to have Poe uses his dark imagination to foil a literary themed killer. The killer is using Poe's work as a jumping off point for his crimes, which puts an odd sort of sense of responsibility on the shoulders of Poe. History can be the best inspiration for telling a story and using historical figures can work quite well. Did Poe do what he did in the movie? He probably did not, but there can certainly be a fun and engaging story told. Here is an example at how good historical fiction can be. It remains to be seen if this film will be Shakespeare In Love quality, but there is hope. At the very least fans of Poe can watch him catch a killer.

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    • FBSMemes

      May 1st 2012, 22:37

      Let's start off by saying there is no such thing as absolute truth in movies. Even when dealing with historical events in film, there are dramatic pauses, conflicts that never occured and twisting of details. Barrock Obama appeared in transformers 3 and i can assure you no killer robots have travelled to this planet ..yet. What you are left with is a narrative straight from the mind of a Steven King. A writer of maccabre has his stories inspire a possible killing and who better to use then the grandfather of the horror genre..Edgar allen Poe. Its just an interpretation folks.. release the crotch in your pantalooms...

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    • FBSMemes

      May 1st 2012, 22:39

      Another case of ignore the critics here. Often what you are referred to by them is absolute junk. This movie is well acted and done with a novel idea.

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    • FBAZavada

      May 6th 2012, 3:50

      Mr.Smith, you are referring to Poe as "it" in the second sentence of your review! Who the hell are YOU ???

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