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The Raven

When a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper which is part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack). But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story. Realising a serial killer is on the loose using Poe`s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage; Fields enlists the author`s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer`s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before its too late.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: M18
Release Date: 26 Apr 2012
Genre: Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson
Director: James McTeigue
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “V For Vendetta” and “Jack The Ripper”

"The Raven" is a thriller, adapted from the poem written by writer Edgar Allan Poe of the same name that describes a gruesome murder. John Cusack takes on the role of Poe, an egotistical, alcoholic writer who is at the end of his peak in 19th century Baltimore, when the city is ravaged by a series of gruesome murders.

Inspector Fields (Luke Evans), who has been given the duty to solve a series of grisly murders, eventually realizes that the victims were killed in ways described by Poe's works. Fields then enlists Poe to aid him in capturing the serial killer. However, Poe is instead flattered that his works has become an inspiration for the killer's own bloody handiwork, until his lover Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), is kidnapped by the very same killer that he had inspired.

In order to save her, Poe has to identify the clues that are left behind in each of the killer's victims and deviate from his usual gothic tales to publish the story of how he would save his lady love.

Audiences would be taken on a journey through the various poems and stories written by Poe, including the violent and grisly natures from "The Pit And The Pendulum", "The Masque Of Red Death" and "The Cask Of Amontillado".

In terms of performance, director James McTeigue ("V For Vendetta", "Ninja Assassin") is clever not to introduce too many characters and only focusing on Cusack, Eve and Evans, which succeeds in making an impact to the audience as their attention would not be so fractured.

Overall, "The Raven" has similarities from McTeigue's previous film "V For Vendetta", but audiences would still be entertained and would not regret watching this.

Cinema Online, 10 May 2012
   
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Classification
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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