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Sunday, September 2, 2012

[5.25/10] The Raven (2012)

The Raven (2012)

QuickRating: James McTeigue's direction is profoundly stylish as usual, the authentic production design is subtly impressive, and the muted color palette and low-key lighting make it atmospheric and create a very mysterious tone, but despite all that and John Cusack's unsurprisingly strong performance, "The Raven" is an overlong, overly talky and overwritten period thriller with no thrills and suspense, that looks good, but feels dull.


14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Dull is never good for a thriller.

Melissa Bradley said...

Hmm, I may disagree with you on this one. But, variety is the spice and our brilliant brains do not always agree. :) The key to this film is that it is written exactly like a Poe story. Slow, with terror building in each syllable. It's lyrical horror. Can you tell I LOVE Edgar Allen Poe? LOL I am looking forward to indulging in every microsecond of this film. Cusack and Evans are brilliant actors and I was astonished at how well John is made to look like Poe.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, exactly.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Mel, have you actually seen this film? If that's Poe, than he sucks as a writer. I'm saying this, because I don't believe it's and impersonation of his writing. The pacing was so sluggish, I lost my interest in the story rather quickly, and the story itself just wasn't anything special. Cusack was great and the visuals were astonishing, but apart from that it was meh.

Kaijinu said...

need more onscreen kills, dammit! We can't have a serial killer flick without some bloody good kills! Get that in yer head Hollywood!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Drat. I was looking forward to this one.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Kaijinu, the killer was boring, that's for sure.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Maurice, I was too, but it didn't turn out great.

Jai Joshi said...

That's a shame, I was looking forward to this. I'll take a look and see how I feel.

Jai

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Jai, it's a shame indeed. I so wanted to like it, but it just didn't happen.

Ricky said...

I suspected that this would be rather dull. I bet it could have been great too!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Ricky, it could have been better if it wasn't that boring. :)

nutschell said...

aww, man. I was so looking forward to checking this out, too. :S

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

nutshell, I'm sorry that my review left you disappointed with the movie, but I had to be 100% honest.

Thanks for the comment. :)