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Certificate 15
Cast
Alice Eve
John Cusack
Brendan Gleeson
Luke Evans
Directors
James McTeigue
Screenwriters
Ben Livingston
Hannah Shakespeare
Running Time
110 minutes

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Plot
Baltimore, 1849. Murders inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe baffle the authorities, so police detective Emmett Fields (Evans) consults Poe (Cusack) himself. Emily Hamilton (Eve), Poe’s girlfriend, is abducted and buried alive, and the killer challenges Poe to solve clues left on corpses to find her before the air runs out.


Verdict
Besides being an author, Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most vicious, merciless critics of his age. He would not have let this get past him without skewering its shortcomings with a barbed quill.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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