The Raven

(R) ★★☆☆☆

Quoth the raven: “Eh.” Someone in 1849 Baltimore is on a murder spree, riffing on methods of torture and execution depicted in the stories of Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack), whom a local detective (Luke Evans) suspects. Poe’s intended (Alice Eve) believes in her man, certainly more than her disapproving father (Brendan Gleeson) does. While the setup has potential, the suspense and action sequences fail to engage. Cusack has his moments, but an overall yawner.

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