Edgar Allan Poe's short stories are inspiring a serial killer causing him to become partnered with a Baltimore cop. As the officer works to solve the cases, Poe works on his drinking while offering a bit of help between sips.
John Cusack (Poe), Luke Evans (Det. Fields), Alice Eve (Emily), Brendan Gleeson (Capt. Hamilton), Kevin McNally (Maddux), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Cantrell), Jimmy Yuill (Capt. Eldridge), Sam Hazeldine (Ivan).
The Raven begins simply enough, looking like a mild period piece. As background, character history, and plot setup all commence at the same time the story starts with a gentle roll. As the plot develops a bit more the pace picks up and audience investment naturally increases easily through the rest of the film as plot complexity increases. The story finally winds down with a nice finish.
Cusack did well in this one with a nice portrayal of Poe. Eve did well in her role and played good with Cusack. Gleeson also delivered nicely and fit his part well. The remainder of the cast felt solid and practiced with good emotion.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds all felt like a good fit in this one though the consistently dark theme did much of the work. Effects were physical and minimal but well done. Dialogue was good and helped move the story along well. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Raven is an interesting crime thriller with good acting, technical quality, and solid storyline. The mild use of history was enjoyable, and the film built suspense nicely. Those who enjoy a murder mystery will probably like this one a lot while those desiring more current sets and action may be disappointed.
With some sexuality, violence, drug use, and adult situations this should be fine for older teens and above.
copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel
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