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From Hell (2001 movie)

A 2001 horror-mystery film directed by the Hughes Brothers and loosely based upon the graphic novel of the same name.

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Johnny squares off with Jack , but even that isn't intresting enough to save this film ....

  • Jan 5, 2010
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Jack the Ripper's true identity  has always been  talk among people  for  two centuries, yet nobody has come up with a decent answer or any conclusive evidence to  truly crack  the case of  the worlds first serial killer.  Now in late 2001 the Hughes Brothers  attempt to adapt the  90's   graphic novel  series from Alan Moore(creator of Watchmen)  that gives a  spin on  the true identity  of one of the in famous killers of all time, but alas it fails to deliver the horror and suspense need to sustain a story of this magnitude .

"From Hell" is a visually impressive,  intelligently  written, well played out psychological horror film just minus the horror. With all those qualities it should be  a great film but sadly it's not it tries to use flashy tricks and  not so mind boggling plot twist. "From Hell" is very, very interesting and extremely dark  but  the lack of horror suspense and a decent pace keeps this  film from being the  mystery/horror film  it should be.

Johnny Depp  gives a great performance  as always  but he is slowed down by the  boring   pace of the film, Depp could have really shined  and  helped this film  become a  massive success  and an amazing  film. But the Hughes Brothers  lack of experience in this genre  cause him to fall with the film. Depp is smart, emotionally disturbed  and cunning as  the inspector Abberline  but that's all he's got to go on  in this film and nothing more. Heather Graham  is surprisingly fantastic  as the   prostitute  who falls for Depp and helps  him in his case. Graham exudes some serious star power and strength in this film and is an awesome class act  and a major savior of this film  and she is  a major reason  to see this film just for her performance.  The cast is exceptional  and they work hard to keep the film interesting but sadly they can't, not even the interplay between Johnny Depp and the killer can save  this film from being a major snooze fest.  But all in all they give it there all and that  to me is a success.

"From Hell"  has all the makings of a great period piece mystery and horror film, but it lacks the refined tooling that makes others similar to this  success. I will admit that I was a bit enthralled by the story   but ti wasn't enough to keep my attention for the whole film. But all in all  it's a well made and extremely intelligent  film but  with little to no knowledge   of how a horror film works. All in all  "From Hell"  is not a case you'll want  in on.
Johnny squares off with Jack , but even that isn't intresting enough to save this film ....

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March 10, 2011
I enjoyed this one, great review.
January 12, 2010
It was over-rated to be sure but your rating is brutal. Gotta love a guy who wields his keyboard like a sword.
January 12, 2010
The rating I gave it was fair compared to the original rating of -3. And thank you.
January 12, 2010
Wow. I guess that is better. =)
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Quick Tip by . May 03, 2011
Heavy on atmosphere and even heavier on conspiracy theories, FROM HELL boasts outstanding performances from Johnny Depp and Heather Graham as two lost souls crying out for one another's company while remaining caught in the twists and turns of Jack the Ripper's nefarious deeds toward the end of the 1900s. A fascinatingly brisk tale, not for the squeamish of heart or stomach, but one that dares to draw its one conclusions when other pictures have failed to do so. Sit back, have some popcorn, …
review by . November 14, 2008
From Hell
Aside from taking a fresh and unique approach to the old mysteries of Jack The Ripper, From Hell delivers a gracefully languid storyline peppered with brutal killings and interesting musings into an old fashioned culture.     Inspector Fred Abberline (Johnny Depp) has a unique gift, a psychic ability to see murders in his opium dreams. Because of this talent, he is assigned to the case of a brutally murdered prostitute along with his partner, Sergeant Peter Godley (Robbie Coltrane). …
review by . March 31, 2008
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Pros: Imagery, pacing, generally well told      Cons: Tacked on romantic bit and a fanciful guess at the man himself      The Bottom Line: If you are a Ripper-o-phile, don't bother. If you like films made with an eye toward the visually stunning, then this is pretty close to a must see.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. To paraphrase the epigraph that opens the Hughes Brothers’ …
review by . February 25, 2005
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The time: 1888. The place: London, Whitechapel district (the Victorian equivalant to the modern Red Light district). Mary Kelly (Heather Graham) is a beautiful and buxom lass who's life in London didn't turn out anything like she planned, struggling just to survive working in the world's oldest profession. Mary and her friends live a harsh existence. Their only comforts are their own companionship and the belief that their lives cannot possibly get any worse than it already is. But they do. Their …
review by . February 02, 2002
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Pros: Johnny Depp, period piece     Cons: cliched plot with revisionist history imprints     The Bottom Line: Johhny Depp does it again in a revisionist take on the classic Ripper murders!     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Saw this one at the buck fifty palace and it was worth every penny. I tried to catch it earlier at the regular theater and would have paid full price ticket but couldn't juggle …
review by . October 18, 2001
Pros: Great sets and costumes, gripping story.     Cons: may to be to graphic for some.     The Bottom Line: A great and gripping look into one of the most chilling chapters in history. Great sets, acting, and pacing make this a solid film.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious and yet mysterious figures every to emerge from history. A cold, and ruthless killer, …
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From Hell is a 2001 American thriller-horror-mystery film about the Jack the Ripper murders, loosely based on the graphic novel of the same title by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. It was directed by the Hughes brothers, the first film that they directed outside of the hood film genre. It was first released on October 19, 2001.
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Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: October 19, 2001
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Rafael Yglesias, Terry Hayes
Runtime: 122 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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