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10.07.2011

I'm not sure what to think of this trailer for THE RAVEN. I missed the footage at Comic-Con so this is the first I'm seeing from the movie and while it looks slick (shot by V FOR VENDETTA director James McTiegue) something just seems lacking. And while I hate to say it, I think it's John Cusack.

Throughout this trailer, I never get the feeling like Cusack is playing Edgar Allan Poe. It just seems like it's...John Cusack. His voice an mannerisms don't seem to disappear at all into the character and while some actors and strong enough to let their personality bleed over into their films (Jack Nicholson, for example), I don't know that it's working for Cusack here (an actor I normally love).

The film looks like a FROM HELL style thriller though and it looks like it could be perfect for Halloween so I'm not sure why Relativity is holding out until March. But take a look at the trailer below and let me know what you think.

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Extra Tidbit: Jeremy Renner and Ewan McGregor were once attached to star in the film.
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9:28AM on 10/07/2011
Looks good!
Looks good!
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10:05AM on 10/07/2011
They don't sound British because the story most likely takes place in Baltimore, where Poe lived the last part of his life. Poe was a drunkard, and a fairly physically feeble man with genius level intelligence. He was mean and angry. I love Cusack, but he's just playing a random leading character (at least from what the trailer suggests). Think of what someone like Depp would have brought to the role. We'll see, I guess, but the studio holding this back seems like a red flag to me.
They don't sound British because the story most likely takes place in Baltimore, where Poe lived the last part of his life. Poe was a drunkard, and a fairly physically feeble man with genius level intelligence. He was mean and angry. I love Cusack, but he's just playing a random leading character (at least from what the trailer suggests). Think of what someone like Depp would have brought to the role. We'll see, I guess, but the studio holding this back seems like a red flag to me.
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2:58PM on 10/07/2011
the trailer wants so badly to be good, but your assessment is right on, Cusack isn't playing Poe he's playing Cusack. it really takes you out of it
the trailer wants so badly to be good, but your assessment is right on, Cusack isn't playing Poe he's playing Cusack. it really takes you out of it
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5:52PM on 10/07/2011
I don't care what others think, I wanna see this! I love Edgar Allen Poes stories and this looks very interesting! And I hate all the Saw movies (the ones I've seen anyway) and generally not a fan of stuff like this but I like the idea. An it reminded me of Sleepy Hollow, which I really loved.

Yes, I don't see a lot of movies and maybe the fact that I haven't seen many saw movies and stuff like that, it feels fresh (I know it' s not but I don't feel like I'm burn out on it) and love the
I don't care what others think, I wanna see this! I love Edgar Allen Poes stories and this looks very interesting! And I hate all the Saw movies (the ones I've seen anyway) and generally not a fan of stuff like this but I like the idea. An it reminded me of Sleepy Hollow, which I really loved.

Yes, I don't see a lot of movies and maybe the fact that I haven't seen many saw movies and stuff like that, it feels fresh (I know it' s not but I don't feel like I'm burn out on it) and love the whole idea. The whole atmosphere.

Now John Cusack... I agree... bad choice there. But it didn't bother me TOO bad. It's not a biopic. I wish they got someone a little be less known or something but oh well...

I wanna see it!
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4:59AM on 10/08/2011
rest easy the good thing about this is the director. I expect pace and cinematography to be just as awesome as V for Vendetta. it's in good hands.
rest easy the good thing about this is the director. I expect pace and cinematography to be just as awesome as V for Vendetta. it's in good hands.
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11:44AM on 10/08/2011
to me, this sort of seems like a darker Sherlock Holmes
to me, this sort of seems like a darker Sherlock Holmes
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3:15PM on 10/07/2011
I thought the same thing the moment i saw the first trailer. I just dont think Cusack was the right choice.
I thought the same thing the moment i saw the first trailer. I just dont think Cusack was the right choice.
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11:28PM on 10/09/2011
looks good to me, but I don't know much about Poe. It's not a bio pic, so I suppose he doesn't have to be exactly like Poe.
looks good to me, but I don't know much about Poe. It's not a bio pic, so I suppose he doesn't have to be exactly like Poe.
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6:50PM on 10/07/2011

all too easy

its the cop hehehe as usual looks a interesting film with a good story but its the classic who dunn'it and the trailers screams it the cop talks way too much in it so knows way too much lol
its the cop hehehe as usual looks a interesting film with a good story but its the classic who dunn'it and the trailers screams it the cop talks way too much in it so knows way too much lol
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3:29PM on 10/07/2011
Looks really good imo. Like the atmosphere, like John Cusack. This isn't a biopic so what do I care if Poe doesn't seem "Poe" enough. Looks like Sherlocke Holmes with a dash of horror.
Looks really good imo. Like the atmosphere, like John Cusack. This isn't a biopic so what do I care if Poe doesn't seem "Poe" enough. Looks like Sherlocke Holmes with a dash of horror.
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1:23PM on 10/07/2011
horrible lead casting imo...Cusack looks very mehh.
horrible lead casting imo...Cusack looks very mehh.
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1:23PM on 10/07/2011
Poe was American, not British. Personally I think it looks more like Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes than anything else. Might be entertaining, or might just be weak.
Poe was American, not British. Personally I think it looks more like Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes than anything else. Might be entertaining, or might just be weak.
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4:21PM on 10/07/2011
i wanna like this...really bad...but i just don't know.
i wanna like this...really bad...but i just don't know.
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1:21PM on 10/07/2011

Meh....

It looks ok but I agree with the writer that this just looks like John Cusack in the past and not Edgar Allan Poe. If you want to see a believable portrayal of what Poe may have been like and an actor disappear into the character check out Jeffery Combs' as Poe in the Masters of Horror episode 'The Black Cat'.
It looks ok but I agree with the writer that this just looks like John Cusack in the past and not Edgar Allan Poe. If you want to see a believable portrayal of what Poe may have been like and an actor disappear into the character check out Jeffery Combs' as Poe in the Masters of Horror episode 'The Black Cat'.
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9:42AM on 10/07/2011

Seems like "SAW" meets "Seven" meets Victorian England....

It's a wait till Netflix or 'word of mouth' for me. The acting I found kind of hokey and I agree that John Cusack was more playing himself and nobody seemed to sound English.
It's a wait till Netflix or 'word of mouth' for me. The acting I found kind of hokey and I agree that John Cusack was more playing himself and nobody seemed to sound English.
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2:58PM on 10/07/2011
nobody is english
nobody is english
3:26PM on 10/07/2011
So two good movies combine to make...
A good movie???
So two good movies combine to make...
A good movie???
5:11PM on 10/09/2011
Saw is not a good movie.
Saw is not a good movie.
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