This movie is set in the mid 1800s and involves poet Edgar Allan Poe. A serial killer is on the loose and murdering people using Poe's descriptions from his published stories and poems. Poe teams up with Detective Fields, a Baltimore policeman to try and catch the killer by using his knowledge of the descriptions. Even though the stories are fictional, they start to become reality and the killer is a step ahead of them. Then it takes on a personal note as Poe's lover becomes a target. Will they stop the killer in time? Written by
Michael Hallows Eve
When talking about navigation techniques Poe (Cusack) mentions he went to West Point and was expelled. This is historically correct, Poe was a cadet at West Point during Robert E. Lee's tenure as Academy Superintendent prior to the Civil War. See more »
When Poe is punched in the face by Captain Hamilton, Poe slowly brings a handkerchief to his face. After a few seconds of screen time with Detective Fields and Captain Hamilton, Poe is once again shown raising the handkerchief to his face. It looked exactly as he had been doing it the first time (same motion as before, same blood position as before). See more »
I really wanted to like this film, I really did. Something was off, though. Was it the script? Perhaps, although I can't find a clear fault in it. Some of the sophistication of the crimes and of the investigative methods were clearly out of the era, but overall it was OK. The production values were good, the direction was good, the acting was good. The atmosphere was dark and claustrophobic as in Poe's writing. Yet, I didn't quite find the enjoyment I was looking for.
The only thing I can think off was John Cusack. He and Alice Eve had no chemistry (and how can you not have it with Alice Eve?!) and the thing I had most trouble believing were not the way the criminal always barely escapes, not the story or the era or the feel of the movie, but that Cusack's character had any feelings at all. He seemed apathetic and occasionally angry. That was it. And that made the film, a good film overall, not be better than average.
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