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Raven [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]

4.0 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005S9EJGO
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I liked this. It's done in the style of a classic gothic horror tale with sweeping violins and moody exchanges. It's not going to win any cinematography awards but is fun to watch.
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Excellent film and was glad to find it on a dull day to watch. There are a few English actors in it too. Loved John Cusack as Poe. Enjoyed the serial killer story linked with Poe's stories. Not a bad film. Worth a watch. Glad I did.
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John Cusack is great in this almost unknown thriller. Great story and acting. Very recommended indeed! J Counsell.
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A very good film.
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Really good film, John Cusack is brilliant in it. I like period films like this, it reminds me of The Woman in Black.
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Cusack is a pleasant actor to watch, seems natural with a hint that he might be about to perform a Vincent Price wink to camera.

However, though this Poe is acceptably modernised in performance, there is a persistent name-dropping of key people from Poe's real history blended less than seamlessly with a graphic-novel stylised version of Poe'ness; there seems to be a distinct lack of the true gothic to the whole atmosphere. Fog & a thinned out forest of thin trees does not make for gothicism. And the blood was hardly super-abundant, indeed, dwelling on death as a motif or telling theme seems to gone by the way-side, becoming background shade.

The overall effect was similar to a blend of From Hell and one of the Conan Doyle based tales that was under the monicker of Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes, it had that 'lets hunt a serial killer in period costume' feel. There was more a sense of Gaston Leroux to the proceedings too, which could have again made it more gothic in the crime arena. But it did not. Perhaps it was a little over-polished.

Clean, clinical with a fine series of performances. Lacking emotional details, or a sense of overt passion, perhaps there was an attempt to avoid the camp or gothic hysteria which could have made it less money but more rewarding. It will probably grow on people, benefit from further watching, but i fear the clinician that made it is driven to a youthful bent, that has limited the sense of pervading dread and sheer gravity of age, that Poe encapsulated & felt. I could have done with a few trappings or cliches just to add a little pepper, say a cobweb or a stage-hand peeling what might be a grape...
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It starts out innocent enough. A reinterpretation of King Arthur and the Roman empire. Some more histories based on one iota of fact. Then we get a retelling of Robin Hood and stories of the Middle Ages, Shakespeare, and the next thing you know Abe Lincoln is killing vampires and zombies. Now Poe. It seems as the liberties with history has become progressively worse.

This is a fictional story using the real character of Poe, his works, that fact he lived in Baltimore and not much more. The writers of the script wanting to ward off such criticisms have Poe ask, "Is imagination a felony?" Poe teams up with Detective Fields (Luke Evans) and Captain Hamilton (Brendan Gleeson) to find Emily (Alice Eve) who is being held by a man who is killing people in the manner of Poe's tales.

There were a number of things that I didn't like in this blockbuster, first being Cusack's portrayal of Poe himself. It wasn't convincing for me. The opening scene of a full moon, a raven, and a woman screaming was a little too cliche. I felt insulted that the writer thought he could get away with such a shallow script. This is not a good horror story, not a good slasher film, not a good pseudo history, not a good mystery, and not a good love story. It does have a certain amount of appeal to it, but nor worth to go run out and see.

Poe fans do not need to feel they have to rush out and watch this film. The film doesn't really catch his genius and madness.

Parental guide: one F-bomb, no sex, no nudity, some Alice Eve cleavage. No music by the Alan Parson's Project.
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I hope that when I die that I am quickly forgotten by most, but remembered by a chosen few. It appears that if you die famous your ghost is anyone's to play with. `Raven' is the latest film to take a real person from history and distort their life. Like `Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter', this film does not set out to harm its heroes reputation, just steal from it. Whilst `Lincoln' was a boring mess of a film, `Raven' is just as messy, but a whole lot more fun. Edgar Allen Poe investigates a serial killer just before his own death.

John Cusack plays Poe and it is one of his better roles in recent years. He has a tendency to look asleep whilst acting, but here he is forced to rail and shout, giving himself and the film much needed gumption. The film itself is a `Seven' style thriller where a killer is using Poe's stories as inspiration for a series of grisly murders. Poe is first suspect, then ally, to Detective Fields (Luke Evans), a man above his head. The narrative rattles along nicely and is daft enough to be fun. It is also interspersed with some quite grisly death scenes that are kooky enough not to scare, but do titillate.

Director James McTeigue proved with `V for Vendetta' that he is adept at genre work and that is certainly the case with the `Raven'. The film is shot to look very dark and McTeigue is able to paper over some of the budget restrictions the film had with decent direction. With adequate production and an interesting narrative, `Raven' is a surprisingly enjoyable film. It is certainly pretty daft at times and undoubtedly one of the more outlandish works of fiction to star a real person, but being fun is enough to make the film worthwhile.

There is a making of available on the BluRay version of the disc as well as an interview with the laconic Cusack. As the HD version has a lot more extras than the DVD and looks better, it is the format to get of this film.
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