Message from discussion The Raven (no spoilers)
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From: "Mr. Hole the Magnificent" <Classic.Mr.H...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: The Raven (no spoilers)
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:27:39 -0700 (PDT)
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On Monday, April 30, 2012 5:47:54 PM UTC-4, nick wrote:
> What a bad year Alice Eve is having, trapped in an ATM kiosk and
> terrorized by a psycho in ATM and now the damsel in distress at the
> hands of a Poe influenced "serial killer" in The Raven. (Did they
> even have "serial killers" back then? They might have but I bet they
> didn't call them "serial killers".)
> It starts out with some promise. John Cusack is good as Poe and as
> anachronistic as it might be, it's still pretty funny hearing him
> refer to Longfellow as a "twat". But the film should be more
> interesting than it is considering the premise and the dialogue floats
> in and out of period credibility. One complaint on The Raven is that
> both Cusack and Eve struggle with trying not to appear too modern but
> that's the fault of the script, which does a terrible job of
> maintaining era consistency. It looks like The Raven was meant to be
> a 3D picture with bullets flying at the audience on occasion along
> with other things but it's not in 3D so at times it looks pre-
> converted flat or whatever you'd call it. On a meta level The Raven
> appears to be blaming Poe for torture porn but it doesn't put much
> effort into pursuing the idea.
> For a Monday afternoon matinee, there were a lot of people in the
> audience, demographically leaning to "chubby goths pushing into early
Wanted to like this, but didn't really, didn't hate it, but I was looking at my phone for the time a couple times.
You're probably right about the script.
A few problems with the film:
There is one Slave in the film, and he is seen for about 2 seconds, Baltimore was a slave city, I imagine the lack of slaves seen had more to do with the film being shot in Serbia and Hungery.
None of the characters have baltimore accents.