The Raven (2012)
“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;
Tis the wind and nothing more” (Edgar Allan Poe “The Raven”).
Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) comes back to Baltimore to find the town in a disarray as a result of a series of brutal murders. Detective Fields (Luke Evans), in charge of the murder investigations, notices that the murders resemble those in Poe’s stories. Detective Fields then “recruits” Poe to help him make sense of the strange happenings. However, it becomes apparent that Poe is in town for “business”: to ask the hand of his beloved Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), the daughter of Captain Hamilton (Brendan Gleeson), a prominent town figure. However, when Emily becomes the subject of the murderer’s attention, Poe must use all his powers of imagination and play a deadly game devised by the murderer to save her.
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“As I was walking up the stairs, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today; I wish, I wish he’d go away.”
Ten strangers: a family of three, a limo driver, a film star, a call girl, a police officer, a convict and a troubled newly-wed couple, get stranded at a remote motel in the Nevada desert on a stormy night. Each of them has a dark secret to hide. When gruesome murders begin to take place at the motel, and the newcomers are killed one by one in a sinister fashion, they soon realise that their encounter is less coincidental than they might have originally assumed. In the background to these events, there is also a post-conviction death penalty meeting taking place, the centre of which is a man called Malcolm Rivers, a mentally-disturbed serial killer. Although at first the movie may appear confusing, all the movie events inevitably lead to a logical, well thought-out and fascinating finale.
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