The Raven

Rated R, 111 mins
Mystery, Thriller
★★★★★ ★★★★★ by 1 User
Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective story, so turning him into the heroic sleuth of a mystery thriller makes perfect sense, and the much-debated circumstances of his death in October 1849 provide an ideal jumping-off point for this macabre entertainment. Screenwriters Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare sketch in Poe’s alleged alcoholism and vicious spats with literary colleagues before the author (John Cusack) is recruited by a Baltimore police detective (Luke Evans) to help track down a serial killer who’s riffing on Poe’s stories. This may conjure up unpleasant memories of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies, but Ritchie could learn a lot from director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta); this is multiplex fare to be sure, but McTeigue manages to popularize 19th-century literature without completely vulgarizing it. With Alice Eve and Brendan Gleeson.
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Director: James McTeigue
Producer: Aaron Ryder, Mark Evans, Trevor Macy, Glen Basner, Jesus Asencio and James D. Stern
Cast: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kevin McNally, Sam Hazeldine, John Warnaby, Jimmy Yuill, Pam Ferris, Brendan Coyle, Adrian Rawlins, Aidan Feore and Dave Legeno

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Re: “The facts in the case of E. Poe

Nice job, J.R. Your review is as much an homage to Poe as the movie is.

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Posted by Enginist on 05/02/2012 at 7:28 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I find myself surprised by the poor reviews for this movie. As a Poe fan, I loved the way they wound the mystery in with many of Poe's most famous stories. My husband and myself, really enjoyed this movie and would highly recommend it. It kept you entertained and guessing right till the end.

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Posted by Joyce Kunie on 05/01/2012 at 4:16 PM

Re: “The facts in the case of E. Poe

I am a Poe fanatic (and I also run a film review blog) and so I agree with you whole-heartedly. Being in love with Poe, I will drool over anything that even mentions his name, but this had so many glaring historical inaccuracies that all of my love for it comes from my love of Poe's works and NOT the movie because how can one love something so incorrect? Thank you for your fair review.

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Posted by cuttingroomreviews on 02/09/2014 at 8:19 PM

Re: “The facts in the case of E. Poe

How about review the movie instead of debating historical facts

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Posted by nevar on 10/23/2013 at 8:30 PM

Re: “The facts in the case of E. Poe

I like the movie but I've looked all over and there are any number theories.

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Posted by Misti Blue on 03/03/2013 at 6:34 AM

Re: “The facts in the case of E. Poe

No, thank you, I would rather not.

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Posted by J.R. Jones on 10/24/2013 at 9:22 PM
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