The Raven.

The dark action thriller, The Raven follows a madman committing premeditated murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s works.

To help the streets of Baltimore, a young detective works towards preventing fiction from becoming reality in the 1840s.

John Cusack stars as Edgar Allan Poe, a witty poet yearning to be published at the local city newspaper. Often left disappointed, Poe turns to drink. When a serial killer goes on a murder spree, all the clues lead to him. Poe’s imagination creates a game between him and the killer.

The mystery begins to unravel when the lead inspector, Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) recognizes the crime details as references to Poe’s stories. Thus, Poe becomes a key element in the investigation. In an attempt to clear his name and save the one he loves, Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), Poe and the police join forces to stop the murders.

Directed by James McTeigue, the film has gruesome and bloody violence.  The plot is over the place providing lots of information and suspense but no real suspects. Yet the film manages to use classic poetry as an influence into modern day film. The contemporary literary framework adds to the detective fiction genre. With a  poignant death awaiting, it makes one wonder how far would you go to save the one you love?!

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