To be sure this drama is grizzly and gory. It’s dark and deliciously ghoulish. You wouldn’t expect anything less from a movie about Poe.
The movie goes something like this.
A brutal killing spree terrorizes 19th century Baltimore. The plot thickens because the killer is using methods from Edgar Allan Poe’s stories. Poe must team up with a young Baltimore detective seeking to make a name for himself. Poe becomes even more invested in finding the killer when his lover, Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), becomes a target.
LUKE EVANS & JOHN CUSACK STAR IN 'THE RAVEN'
It’s been a minute since Cusack did a real thriller. His more recent films included the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine and the sci-fi adventure 2012. But, he puts his own magic on the role of the mysterious Poe who wrote such memorable stories as The Murders in the Rue Morgue and, of course, The Raven.
To prepare for the role, Cusack said he immersed himself in everything Poe by reading his poetry, letters and biographies. To get more gaunt, he fasted and drank coffee.
When asked why he wanted to play Poe, Cusack said it was the role of a lifetime.
“The script was terrific,” said Cusack. “James (McTeigue, the director) and I went through it and pulled Poe’s own dialogue. I was obsessed and drove James crazy. I wanted to use his words and vernacular.”
Shooting in Belgrade and Budapest helped Cusack to development the character more fully.
"It was perfect for Poe,” said Cusack, who recently shot The Paperboy and Frozen Ground. “It was winter. It was cold and intense. I didn't sleep and felt like a vampire."
When asked what his takeaway was after all of his research on Poe, Cusack didn’t hold his tongue.
“He was flawed and fucked up,” said Cusack. “He was so vain. He was theatrical and felt like he was at war with the world.”
Director James McTeigue has amassed a solid cast and constructed a superb gruesome thriller.
Buy a big bag of popcorn, your favorite drink and enjoy!
This is a good one! Cusack is exceptional!
The Raven, directed by McTeigue from a script by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare, stars Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.
The Raven, is rated R for bloody violence and grisly images; running Time: 110 minutes.
On the Donloe Scale, D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likable), O (OK) and E (excellent), “The Raven” gets an O (OK).