Another take on the dastardly doings of Jack the Ripper. (Where would the movies be without old Jack?) Johnny Depp, sporting a decent cockney accent, stars as an opium-addicted police inspector with psychic powers and Robbie Coltrane as his loyal assistant. Plus Ian Holm as the Queen’s surgeon and Heather Graham as a toothsome tart. The setting: a dark, dangerous, exciting London where the gap between rich and poor is nearly as wide as it is today and there’s a debauched, rotten core at the heart of the strait-laced Victorian Establishment. Practically everyone, from the Royal Family to the Freemasons, comes under suspicion as Jack does his stuff and Depp tries to peer into his mind. An enjoyable, well-acted romp.
Michael Douglas returns as ruthless wheeler dealer Gordon “Greed Is Good” Gekko who’s now a new man after years in prison. That’s what you think? Carey Mulligan (as Gekko’s daughter) and Shia La Beouf (as a young trader) are on hand to witness the “transformation”.
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