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A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Fans of single-location murder mysteries like The Name of the Rose will be drawn to the murky goings-on in this moody period thriller. Christian Bale plays Augustus Landor, a widowed, semi-retired detective called in to solve the death of a cadet at West Point in the winter of 1830. The intriguing twist is that Landor enlists a young Edgar Allan Poe (a suitably eccentric Harry Melling), a cadet himself whose morbid musings and insider knowledge prove useful, especially when further gruesome killings suggest supernatural involvement. Writer/director Scott Cooper, reuniting with Bale after Out of the Furnace and {italHostiles, can't quite maintain the suspense levels throughout. However, Bale brings subtlety to another of his brooding, bewhiskered heroes, while a classy cast including Gillian Anderson, Toby Jones, Timothy Spall and Robert Duvall (as an aged expert on the occult) provides plenty of choice when it comes to suspects and motives.

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Cast

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Augustus LandorChristian Bale
Edgar Allan PoeHarry Melling
Mrs Julia MarquisGillian Anderson
Lea MarquisLucy Boynton
Dr Daniel MarquisToby Jones
Supt ThayerTimothy Spall
Captain HitchcockSimon McBurney
Jean-PepeRobert Duvall
PatsyCharlotte Gainsbourg
Jean-PepeRobert Duvall

Crew

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DirectorScott Cooper

Details

Released on
2023-01-06
Languages
English | Latin | French
Guidance
Violence
Formats
Colour
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