That the cinema hall had less than 10 people (granted that it was a Tuesday 12 am screening) goes to prove that Hollywood patronage has indeed seen better days in India. Ironically, with globalization, the market share of Hollywood has dropped from 16-18 per cent in the 1980s to less than 4 per cent in the present scenario. Never mind, The Raven, starring John Cusack as a drink-ravaged monster at the end of his innings on Planet Earth, was a decent find, especially if Ram Gopal Varma’s Department had you in a state of shock last week.
The film revolves around American writer-poet Edgar Allen Poe, the father of horror and gothic, trying to make ends’ meet with his literary reviews and short stories. Nobody, ranging from his newspaper editor to the bar he frequents once too often, wants him around anymore…until a serial murderer starts hacking his victims with Poe’s short stories as a theme. He is therefore hauled up to assist in the investigations, a trail that gets murkier once his girlfriend (effectively played by Alice Eve) is also kidnapped.
The art direction is marvellous, the acting sees John Cusack in top form and despite losing its momentum towards the last 10 minutes, The Raven is a decently-produced gothic re-enactment of Edgar Allen Poe’s last days. Literary types should be lining up, if not for Cusack’s witticisms than to merely observe how not to lead a career.
'The Raven'- compelling film with inconsistent end