Baltimore police detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) enlists Poe to consult on a double homicide after recognizing it as a copycat of the
“The Raven” reinforces how fiendishly clever Poe was. The premises of his stories still resonate as a source of our modern collective nightmares — and as an endless source for Hollywood to plagiarize in contemporary horror tales.
However, rather than taking Poe's ideas and running wild, the filmmakers wring nothing more than a few moments of gore from them. They add no suspense or scares to Poe's images, apply no originality to his plot devices.
This is just a bore; quoth the raven, “Go see something else.”
— David Germain, AP Movie Writer
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Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson. (Bloody violence and grisly images)
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