Who doesn’t know the gruesome and extraordinary tales of Edgar Allen Poe? The Masque of the Red Death. The Fall of the House of Usher. Annabelle Lee. Also, the Raven.
Needless to say, the basis of this movie is not an enigma, Poe’s stories have come alive by a mad man and its up to him to solve the puzzle. Similar to something like the ‘Da Vinci Code’ if you must relate it to another movie.
However, this movie holds a certain…unstable quality. Which makes it closer to ‘Tinker tailor Solider Spy’ than the ‘Da Vinci Code’.
For the entire movie, your lead through a whirlpool of characters that do not have anything to do with the storyline. I was unsure of which characters were actually important and which ones did not matter. Also, throughout the whole movie there is not a main person of interest for these crimes.
First you think its this guy, then that guy, then finally your left.
The last thought to cross your mind before the credits flash onto the screen is ‘…what the (whatever phrase you use when your surprised) just happened?’
Then, as ALL the latest Hollywood films do, it is set up for an extension. Sadly.