The Raven

The Raven

DVD - 2012
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Baltimore 1849. While investigating a horrific double murder, police detective Emmett Fields makes a startling discovery: the killer's methods mirror the twisted writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Suspecting Poe at first, Fields ultimately enlists his help to stop future attacks. But in this deadly game of cat and mouse, the stakes are raised with each gruesome slaying as the pair races to catch a madman before he brings every one of Poe's shocking stories to chilling life, and death.

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This is a fairly good but not great movie. If you are looking for a Poe biography, this ain't it. What it is is a fictional account of Poe's last days which are, in fact, unknown except for the some facts of the circumstances of his death. This film speculates - and quite wildly - on that with mixed results. Cusack is fine as a character names Poe but I don't think he attempts to portray Poe anywhere close to whom Poe was in his day. Enjoyable and dark but don't look too deep or expect too much.

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publicenemy46
Oct 24, 2015

Good story well directed I like the movie.

7duffy Feb 16, 2015

Not bad. Nice blend of a murder mystery strory and reali life. John Cusack was good as Edgar Allen Poe. Luke Evans was very good as the police Lt. However, there was something missing. Slow at times and not as suspenseful or scary as it could have been,

Parineeta Sep 23, 2014

This was a nice attempt at the classic whodunit-film-noir genre and it's always nice to see the very under-appreciated John Cusack attempt a role unlike something you've seen him do before. The gruesome scenes were a bit over the top but great acting from John Cusack, Luke Evans et. al.

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gage2010
Jun 22, 2014

Pretty boring movie, but nice gore factor (yet not much of it.) Pretty hot guys, too.
If you like a lot of gore, this might not be enough for you. I recommend the Hannibal TV show. Now THAT'S what I call good horror.

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jazeebelle
Apr 17, 2014

Tried watching this movie... was very excited about it.... only made it halfway thru... pleading with my own hand to turn it off... nevermore!! (just skip it folks...)

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Palomino
Nov 15, 2013

I have rated this "ok", but it's not okay if you don't like graphic shots of people getting their bodies slit open and blood pouring out. Other than that, it's a very strange period drama that seems to feature the cast of "Downton Abbey" meeting the cast of "Murdoch Mysteries". Edgar Allen Poe is not rolling over in his grave because he does not recognize anything in this movie. I knew it had horrid reviews, and i was not bored, but I was disappointed.

hania4987 Oct 28, 2013

it's a fun movie for the season, but it's not really scary and it's not really a mystery ... the best part was the ballroom scene with all the beautiful costumes. The true mystery was the reason why John Cusack had to whisper through most of the movie. It made no sense to have the foreword to the movie, if Poe was involved in a very public murder investigation just before he died.

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jackandbean
Sep 09, 2013

I enjoyed watching this contrary to the bad reviews listed below. Yeah it could have a few tweaks here and there. Otherwise it was a entertaining movie.

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jimg2000
Jul 10, 2013

Agree with rotten tomatoes: "Thinly scripted, unevenly acted, and overall preposterous, The Raven disgraces the legacy of Edgar Allen Poe with a rote murder mystery that's more silly than scary." Uninspiring story of an unlikely serial killer who acted out crimes by following the scripts from his favorite author, as similar films on killers copying religious prophecies or detective cases.

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

Inspector: According to various witnesses, you were seen drunk two nights ago in a tavern near the harbour. What time did you leave?
Poe: I don't remember. My leaving was...involuntary. Do you actually think that I murdered these people?

Inspector: May I see your hand?
Poe: Which one?

Inspector: Either will do.
Poe: Perhaps with the aid of accomplices such a scenario might be conceivable, however improbable.

Inspector: Yet what cannot be disputed is the fact that your imagination has inspired a horrendous crime.
Poe: Am I to be charged, then? Is imagination now a felony?

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

Poe to bar tender: Hello, Reagan. Did you miss me? I'm naturally delighted
to be back in Baltimore,
but in all honesty
I'm feeling a bit under the weather.
However, it has been said that
what brandy cannot cure has no cure. So what say you to a snifter
for an old, ailing friend?

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Monolith
May 14, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe (voiceover): "Take this kiss upon thy brow... And in parting from you now, thus much let me avow... You are not wrong, who deem, that my days have been a dream. All that we see or seem... is but a dream within a dream..."

aaa5756 Apr 26, 2013

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -Franklin D Roosevelt

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andrewfr6 Jul 29, 2013

andrewfr6 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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