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An American psychological thriller drama film “The Raven” released on 2012 director James McTeigue put some horrifying punches in film that makes you bite your tongue and some times creep you out. Star cast of movie John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Luke Evans played their role fabulous.
In 19th-century Baltimore, Maryland, several policemen discover a murdered woman sprawled on the floor of her apartment, which was locked from the inside. While police search for the killer’s means of escape, they discover a second corpse in the chimney, later identified as the 12-year-old daughter of the first victim. A celebrated detective, Emmett Fields (Luke Evans), is called to assist in the investigation and discovers that the crime resembles a fictional murder in a short story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue“, that he once read.
The writer Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack) is brought to Fields for questioning. After finding the body of Griswold (John Warnaby), a rival of Poe, cut in half by a pendulum (as in Poe’s story “The Pit and the Pendulum“), the pair deduce that someone is staging murders based on Poe’s stories. Edgar’s love, Emily Hamilton (Alice Eve), is kidnapped at her father’s (Brendan Gleeson) masquerade ball, like the one described in Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death“. The killer taunts Poe in a note, demanding that Edgar write and publish a new story. Poe’s lodgings are burned down by people who believe he is exploiting the murders for his own journalistic ends, and he is forced to move in with Fields.
Poe writes one last newspaper column, offering his life for Emily’s, suggesting that he could take poison. In the morning, the maid gives Poe a letter from the killer, accepting his terms, but the note was delivered long before the paper was distributed. Realizing that the killer must work at the paper, Poe races to confront his editor, Henry (Kevin McNally), but Henry is already dead, another note lying next to him.
The real killer is the paper’s typesetter, Ivan Reynolds (Sam Hazeldine), who congratulates Poe and offers him a drink. Ivan attempts to converse with Edgar, but Poe demands Emily’s location. Ivan pours a vial of poison, promising to end the story as Poe had written it. Poe agrees and drinks the liquid.
Poe rescues Emily, and The Raven they share a poignant moment before she is taken away by ambulance. Delirious from the poison, Edgar wanders off to a park bench to die. A man walking in the park recognizes him as the famous writer, and asks if he is all right. Poe can summon only enough strength to say, “Tell Fields his last name is Reynolds.” Later, the attending physician is unable to tell him writer was incoherent; insisting that “his last name is Reynolds.” Fields ponders the meaning of the phrase, slowly connecting the dots.
Ivan disembarks from a train in Paris. Ivan climbs into a carriage and is confronted by Fields. Fields shoots him at point blank range.
Entire movie keeps your curiosity to the end with various remarkable scenes.