Saturday, October 24, 2015

THE RAVEN (2012)

The Raven Movie Review

Inspired by the writings of Edgar Allan Poe, a killer terrorizes Baltimore, leading police to turn to the foremost expert on the inspirational stories--Poe himself. This film builds on fact--the final few days of Poe's life remain a mystery. From this a fictional story is created. That is a simple premise that seemed to elude many when this film was released, as people, I guess, expected the ENTIRE film to be historically accurate--again, it was never intended to be. With that in mind, what we have here is a really, really good film that sees Poe assisting the police in finding a serial killer that has also kidnapped the love of Poe's life, Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve, ATM). John Cusack (2012, 1408) plays Poe, and, as is typical, delivers a fantastic performance. The supporting cast, particularly Brendan Gleeson, also turn in impressive performances. This movie does a really impressive job bringing some of the words of Poe's work to life...often to bloody consequences.

Everybody knows this one
This is more a thriller/whodunit film than a straight horror, but considering the source of the story and the sheer amount of violence and bloodshed, it is no stretch at all to consider this a horror film. The cinematography is wonderful here, giving the viewer a plethora of beautiful shots and scenery. MANY of the works of Poe are mentioned in the film, much to the delight of myself, an avid Poe fan. The movie is already a white-knuckle ride, and knowing the work of Poe before watching the film will only make the viewer experience that much more enjoyable. My only complaint of this film is I wish they had toned down the CGI a bit on some of the death scenes--this always hinders a movie in my estimation. Outside of this minor complaint, however, there's not much to not like about this film (the music during the credits notwithstanding). I loved this film when I saw it in theatres, and I still love it to this day.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 9
The Raven Trailer

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