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|From Hell |
Two-Disc Special Edition
Actors: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson
Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Genres: Horror, Mystery & Suspense
FROM HELL - LIMITED EDITION - DVD Movie
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Marie C. from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 1/30/2014...
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 4/2/2010...
Not sure how many people know this film is based on the comic book series by Alan Moore. The film makes some changes, but does a decent job of capturing the overall feel of the series.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Vanessa V. (sevenspiders)
Reviewed on 9/18/2008...
Jack the Ripper was the first known serial killer, a modern murderer in a Victorian world. In From Hell, the Hughes brothers bring to life the Victorian city and the modern monster that haunted it. From Hell, like all Ripper lore, is based in fact but filled out by fantasy. The characters, the Victorian London, the events that unfold are all an odd combination of popular imagination and history. But in this case the combination works, and neither element overwhelms the other. The movie is darkly frightening and believable in the willing-suspension-of-disbelief way.
Johnny Depp plays Inspector Abberline in a deft, understated performance that fits the setting and skillfully avoids the cliche Scotland Yard caricature. Heather Graham (not my favorite actress) is remarkable sympathetic and realistic in a performance that bends over backwards to avoid being "the hooker with the heart of gold" and usually succeeds.
The gore is present but not gratuitous, considering the subject matter. But to anyone with a weak stomach, there was a reason they called him The Ripper. The mystery unravels deliberately, skillfully making use of all the early embedded clues so that you can almost guess who the Ripper is... perhaps. From Hell gives Jack the Ripper's legend its due; it succeeds in melding the modern and Victorian, the true horror and the myth that Jack the Ripper has become seamlessly.
6 of 8 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah F. (Ferdy63) from DALTON, GA
Reviewed on 3/29/2008...
Jack the Ripper is on the loose in London. Johnny Depp is an opium addicted somewhat psychic detective trying to find the killer. All signs point to a very prominent person as being Jack. Depp has to put the clues together and try to save Heather Graham whom he believes is the next target. I really enjoyed this movie.
5 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
ANOTHER TAKE ON JACK THE RIPPER AND DEPP WAS GREAT PER USUAL
D. Blankenship | The Ozarks | 09/30/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I probably should do the research, but quite likely won't, but I wonder just how many movies have been made of the infamous Jack The Ripper Case over the years; never mind what are probably hundreds of books.
Well, this is yet another take of the old Ripper tale. And this version had a few things going for it. First, it starred Johnny Depp whose acting ability never ceases to amaze me. I have thoroughly enjoyed him in every part I have seen him in and this movie was not exception. The movie also featured Ian Holm, no mean actor himself. The supporting cast was pretty decent and played their parts well. Secondly, Victorian London was portrayed pretty well, although from all accounts I have read, it was much dirtier than that which was shown in this film. Third, it did have a few new twists which separated it from others. They threw the Masonic order in and did a pretty good job of portraying the anti-Semitism which always hung over most European cities at that time. The story line was plausible if you stretch your imagination a bit.
The movie had a few things going against it, as far as I was concerned. First, it was quite long and drawn out. This was okay as I watched it at home and was able to take a few breaks. I would have hated to have sat though this one in a theater. Secondly, they had some of the most God awful background music I have ever heard. It almost drove me crazy. Third, it probably went over the top just a bit with the gratuitous violence. Now I realize that due to the subject matter; hey, we are talking Jack the Ripper here, that violence was to be expected and was certainly a central theme in this story. There were just a few too many body parts being shuffled here and there to make it realistic.
Was I entertained? Yes I was. It just boiled down to the fact that I have been more entertained by other movies in this particular genre, or dealing with this time period. Give me "Room with a View," or one of the recent renditions of "Emma" any old day.
Would I watch this movie again? No, once was quite enough...thank you very much.
Would I recommend this one to others? Yes, especially for fans of Johnny Depp or Jack the Ripper enthusiasts.