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21 Feb 2002

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Film review:- From Hell.
Also known as Jack during filming, directed by Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes is an American film trying to be British.  To sum up in less than a few words a "who dun it film" that is based on the infamous Jack the Ripper.  
Like my summing up above it is hard to say much more.  It is a very strange film, that has so much unused potential, but the actors being American, poorly digitized sky of London, bad scripts and props sees a very stylistic Victorian England that is more American than English.  This slightly ruins the authentic feel of the film making it feel very removed from the history books.  A lot of Sherlock homes stylisations were also employed like the use of drugs that sees the plot drift of course frequently.  The irritating thing is that they had to put a special power for the hero.  He is meant to be psychic, but this is a dead end and could be lost very easily and would stop the plot going off in ever increasing tangents that just prolong the tedious story line that droll on respectively like this.  For gore and suggested horror it scores highly, but alas this one is very very poor 2 stars, as my self and the three other viewers on Southport Reporter all agreed, could just as easily get one star if it was not for the fact that it has a good twist at the end.    

Cast first credits only:- 
Johnny Depp plays Inspector Frederick George 'Fred' Abberline, Heather Graham plays Mary Kelly, Ian Holm plays. Sir William Gull, Ian Richardson plays Police Inspector Sir Charles Warren, Robbie Coltrane plays Peter Godley, Lesley Sharp plays Catherine 'Kate' Eddowes, Susan Lynch plays Liz Stride, Terence Harvey plays Ben Kidney, Katrin Cartlidge plays Dark Annie Chapman, Estelle Skornik plays Ada, Paul Rhys plays Dr. Ferral, Nicholas McGaughey plays Officer Bolt, Jason Flemyng plays John Netley, the Ripper's Driver, Annabelle Apsion plays Polly and Joanna Page plays Annie Crook.

Rated 18 for strong violence, gore, sexuality, language and drug content. 

Film Review by Patrick Trollope.

Film Age Rating In The UK
    Tagline: Only the legend will survive.
 Our verdict 2 stars out of five stars.
Running Time:- 121 mins.  
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