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Genre Thriller
Running Time 111 min
MPAA rating R
Release Date Apr 27, 2012
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The Raven

In 19th-century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a horrifying discovery: The murders of a mother and daughter resemble a fictional crime described in a story by Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack).When another murder occurs, also seemingly inspired by Poe's writings, Fields realizes a serial killer is on the loose and enlists Poe's help in catching the felon. The stakes become personal for the struggling author when someone close to him may become the killer's next victim.

Starring
John Cusack Edgar Allan Poe
Luke Evans Detective Emmett Fields
Alice Eve Emily Hamilton
Brendan Gleeson Charles Hamilton
Oliver Jackson-Cohen John Cantrell
Kevin McNally Henry Maddox
Sam Hazeldine Ivan
John Warnaby Griswold
Jimmy Yuill Elderidge
Pam Ferris Mrs. Bradley

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Friday, April 27, 2012 - Austin360.com | Austin American-Statesman - Associated Press

What would Edgar Allan Poe be doing if he were alive today? Clawing at the inside of his coffin, desperate to get at the people who used and abused his diabolical tales as the basis for this pile of cinematic bird poo. Like carrion feeders, director James McTeigue pecks at Poe's stories to fill out a plot about a serial killer using the author's fiction as a blueprint for ghastly murders. But John Cusack makes a terrible Poe. He looks the part, but his voice is too whiny and his mannerisms are too exaggerated to bring alive the movie's passages of Poe's lyrical writing. The movie reinforces how fiendishly clever Poe's ideas were, but the filmmakers make poor use of their source material.

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