#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – This movie is set in the mid 1800s and involves poet Edgar Allan Poe. A serial killer is on the loose and murdering people using Poe’s descriptions from his published stories and poems. Poe teams up with Detective Fields, a Baltimore policeman to try and catch the killer by using his knowledge of the descriptions. Even though the stories are fictional, they start to become reality and the killer is a step ahead of them. Then it takes on a personal note as Poe’s lover becomes a target. Will they stop the killer in time?
Plot: A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet is in pursuit of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.
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Elementary my dear Edgar.
The Raven is directed by James McTeigue and written by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. It stars John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson. Music is by Lucas Vidal and cinematography by Danny Ruhlmann.
“On October 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was found, near death, on a park bench in Baltimore, Maryland. The last days of his life remain a mystery”
It’s a real smart idea that the makers have here, putting their own theory forward on what happened in the lead up to Poe’s death. Essentially a period whodunit procedural as Poe (Cusack) and Inspector Emmett Fields (Evans) race against time to find the person who is killing in the style of Poe’s literary works. Poe’s love interest, Emily Hamilton (Eve), is in grave danger, so as to add extra peril and suspense into the clock ticking drama.
It’s a safe piece of entertainment, one that acquaints the uninitiated with Poe’s work and his life struggles away from the writing bureau. The detective angle is fun and the murders grizzly and appropriately Gothic in execution. Unfortunately it rarely convinces as a period piece. The dialogue is often out of sync with the era, Eve is miscast, the score is inappropriate and it always feels like actors playing at period rompery.
It’s a shame that it is bogged down by such irritants because Teague’s direction is stylish, while the art design deserves a round of applause. Cusack is fun to watch, but more at ease playing Sherlock in the second half of the piece than a tortured soul in the first, and Evans is confident in the straight backed gentleman detective stakes. There’s a good time to be had here on a surface whodunit follow the clues experience, and Poe fans will delight at catching the many references to his life and spiky works, but it unfortunately misses the mark in too many key areas. 6/10
I just happened to find this movie in the program listings yesterday. Movies based on Edgar Allan Poe can be a bit hit or miss but I like quite a few of his works so I decided to give this one a try. I have to say that it is surprisingly good. The Victorian era setting together with the rather dark plot and atmosphere makes for a very enjoyable old times thriller. The movie is based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe but not in the usual way that one would think when one says based on. Instead the story in this movie is a new story spun around Edgar Allan Poe as a person where his work is used by the evil mastermind in that the various stories are re-enacted in real life…with deadly results.
I, for obvious reasons, have no idea how Edgar Allan Poe was as a person and I did not really have any pre-conceived opinions before watching this movie either. I can imagine that he, as a poet and writer of rather grisly stories, might have been a wee bit excentric though so to me John Cusack’s performance as the rather excentric, somewhat alcoholic and sometimes almost insane but still brilliant Edgar Allan Poe was a very good one. Not that the rest of the actors are below par by any means.
The story, if you take it apart and remove the parts taken from Poe’s original works, is not really something to jump up and down over. However, put it together with the bits and pieces from Poe, add the characterization of Poe by Cusack, the dark Victorian ambiance and generally well implemented cinematics and you have a movie that is, as I wrote above, surprisingly good.
Unfortunately Over Acted & Boring
I have a great appreciation of Poe, and I have a great appreciation of Cusack. What the he__ went wrong with this movie? From the very first statement that showed on the screen that he was found dead on park bench, I thought, “What???” Poe was found face down in a gutter in front of Ryan’s Saloon and died three days later of what was suspected of alcoholism, with a remote possibility of complications of diabetes, or even rabies, however, shortly before his death, it was reported that he was behaving in a manner consistent with mild epilepsy, or of his bipolar disorder. OK, Oh well, it’s Hollywood, right?? From the get-go, the acting was so over the top, and made Cusack appear to be an unseasoned newbie, however, Luke Evans shined in his role. The script appeared to be written rapidly and without care.
It said it was a horror movie, however, it is actually a murder mystery, and not a very good one. Agatha Christie would’ve definitely thrown this one out. If the author makes the suspect way too un-obvious, then what is the fun it in?? This could have been done so far better then what the final product actually was. Unfortunately, it was a large disappointment. Better luck next time.
The Tell-Tale Schlock
An unmitigated disaster of the “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?” school of thought, The Raven’s sole appeal lies in its deliciously cheesy, Hammer-worthy premise: the last days of Edgar Allan Poe as he investigates a series of murders inspired by his works.
The only mildly interesting element in this clunky venture is John Cusack, to ponder how deadly miscasting can be even to a fine actor. A quirky performer with a markedly modern look, feel and sensibility, Cusack, saddled with horrendous dialogue and an absurdly whitewashed character (Poe’s alcoholism is reduced to a zany flaw the hero has to overcome), is so flat-out WRONG for the part, his performance so miserable and lifeless, he appears to scrape against the fourth wall every time he is on screen.
This is a role which called for a chameleon-like actor shamelessly hamming it up – say, Gary Oldman. Cusack plays it more or less straight and sinks with the movie and his fellow performers, including Alice Eve (pretty and terrible) and Luke Evans.
As for director James McTeigue… seriously, how did this guy manage to make V for Vendetta? His work here is atrocious, an ugly thing of badly lit set-pieces.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 50 min (110 min)
Genre Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Director James McTeigue
Writer Hannah Shakespeare, Ben Livingston
Actors John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson
Country USA, Spain, Hungary, Serbia
Awards 5 nominations.
Production Company Pioneer Pictures, Intrepid Pictures, Galavis Film, FilmNation Entertainment, Relativity Media
Sound Mix Dolby, SDDS, Datasat
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Zeiss Master Prime, Ultra Prime, Angenieux Optimo and Lensbaby Lenses, Arricam ST, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 435, Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Colorfront, Budapest, Hungary (dailies and telecine), Magyar Filmlaboratórium, Budapest, Hungary (processing)
Film Length 3,018 m (Portugal)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna 250T 8553, Eterna 500T 8573)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3514DI), D-Cinema