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The Raven

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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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.
Title: The raven
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2012.
Edition: Widescreen presentation.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 2011.
Special features: deleted & extended scenes; audio commentary by director James McTeigue, producers Marc D. Evans, Trevor Macy and Aaron Ryder; theatrical trailer; sneak peek.
Summary: 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.
Audience: MPAA rating R for bloody violence and grisly images.
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Statement of Responsibility: Relativity Media and Intrepid Pictures presents in association with Galavis Film an Intrepid Pictures, Filmnation production ; produced by Marc D. Evans, Trevor Macy and Aaron Ryder ; written by Hannah Shakespeare & Ben Livingston ; directed by James McTeigue
Credits: Director of photography, Danny Ruhlmann ; editor, Niven Howie ; music by Lucas Vidal.
Performers: John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Evans, Kevin R. McNally, and Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jimmy Yuill, Pam Ferris, Brendan Coyle.
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; dual layer; Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: English dialogue; English or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
In English with optional English or Spanish subtitles.
Subject Headings: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 Drama. Murder Investigation Maryland Baltimore Drama. Homicide investigation Drama. Serial murderers Drama.
Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Detective and mystery films.
Feature films.
Horror films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Topical Term: Murder
Homicide investigation
Serial murderers
Publisher No: 2277642
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Jun 25, 2014
  • Cyar rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

John Cusack has typically played intelligent verbal characters that have allowed him to inflect his subtle charm and likeability.
This film is like watching a Cusack teach a class in the Delsarte School of Acting that attempted to connect the inner emotional experience of the actor with a systematized set of gestures and movements.
How do you go about showing surprise or amazement oh master thespian? Why by opening the eyes as wide as possible my dear child. How about great anger or outrage? By bellowing at the top of the lungs, foaming at the mouth, and gesticulating wildly.
About the only thing this film accomplishes is showing what a limited actor Cusack is.
Combined with a tepid script and overdone plot of the author being tortured by his own stories come alive, it's slow moving lacking any suspense, tension or emotional weight or dramatic substance.

Jun 22, 2014
  • gage2010 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Apr 17, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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...)

Nov 15, 2013
  • Palomino rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 28, 2013
  • hania4987 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 09, 2013
  • jackandbean rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 11, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

May 14, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I was really looking forward to this one, as I've always like John Cusack's work, and I'm also very fond of anything 19th century, dark, and gothic. Poe encapsulates that perfectly. I truly wish I could rate this higher, but the script was just plain weak. The crossing-genre mashup thing isn't an issue to me; I loved the Robert Downey Jr./Sherlock films, and I'm waiting on Abe Lincoln/Dracula Killer (lol). Cusack does a lot of irritating bellowing as Poe, and his buddy/buddy arrangement with the detective felt phony. The antagonist's identity was somewhat anticlimactic, too. A real shame. I'm glad I saw it, but it had potential for more. I think 3½ stars is being generous -- a pity endorsement.

May 03, 2013
  • ptaska rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good plot!! Not bad at all!! .. entertaining..kind of predictable!!

Apr 26, 2013
  • epurys rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I recall liking Cusack's acting but the story couldn't hold my attention. My dad finished watching it while I sat with him working on something else. It was towards the end of the film I started to pay attention and suddenly thought "Wouldn't it be funny if that was the killer?" Within the next two minutes, that question was answered. And yes, it was funny because I didn't waste my time 1-2 hours "who could it be" because the answer was so glaringly obvious at the end. You'd figure that with all the crap that went on that they would've come up with something more original. Nope, let's just make a cliche out of it.

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Jul 29, 2013
  • andrewfr6 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

andrewfr6 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Jun 27, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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?

Jun 27, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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?

May 14, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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..."

Apr 26, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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