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The Raven (Thriller) Movie Review – Year 2012

The Raven (Thriller)

Cast                      : John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Luke Evans

Direction             : James McTeigue

Duration              : 1 hour 50 minutes

Language            : English

Certification       : A

Summary : Edgar Allen Poe’s murder mystery soon turns into realty as a serial killer is on the loose.  What and who will it take to stop these gruesome murders?

This movie is strictly for Edgar Allen Poe’s admirers and fans. The very first shot of the movie emphasizes this movie to be some sort of biography. Theories and some more have been floating around about the death of Edgar Allen Poe.  The movie Raven, tries to add a new dimension to Poe’s death with no complaints whatsoever from Poe’s loyal fans.

The movie is all about whodunit tales from the greatest inventor of detective genre and The Raven cannot be treated as the regular murder, thriller or mystery.


The movie begins with two women being murdered in a locked room.  The detective Emmet Fields (ably played by Luke Evans) assigned to solve these murders, traces it back to The murders in the Rue Morgue.  Next he finds a man sliced into two, the same way as described by Pow in The Pit and the Pendulum.  This time Emmet brings along the very Edgar Allen Poe himself (played brilliantly by John Cussack).  What is of interest in the movie is that Edgar Allen Poe is only able to solve the murders he had written. The movie is full of blood, gore and soul stirring crime scene, especially the one where the pendulum cuts the man into two.


John Cussack has brilliantly portrayed Poe, as he managed to look like him and it would seem Poe’s character comes naturally to Cussack and he did not have to put in much effort to play the part.

Coming back to the movie with its thrills and murders and mysteries.  There is the edge of the seat thrill with chases, one puzzle leading to another and so one.  All the ingredients of an excellent thriller are present right from the serial killer, to his tricks, Victorian setting and not to mention Poe’s macabre stories.

The movie is worth the money.  If you enjoy edge of the seat thrillers, blood, gore and cold blooded murder, then this one is for you.  It jazzes up an otherwise lazy Sunday afternoon.

I simply loved the movie, maybe because I love murder mysteries and the challenge of solving them.  The icing on the cake of this movie is definitely John Cussack.  He is brilliant in all aspects and Luke Evans has ably supported Cussack in helping solve his own murder mysteries.

The movie sure deserves a 4.5 out of 5 starts.  What you waiting for? Get your tickets, popcorn and cold drinks and get ready for some thrill.

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