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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 Depp Scores Again!

  • Feb 2, 2002
Rating:
+3
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 my schedule.

Nothing new on the case of the world famous "Ripper" murders but the film was a very good adaptation focusing on the juxtapositions of prostitues or "unfortunates" and genteel society.

Johnny Depp plays junky detective who delves into the mystery of the Ripper! Depp plays his part to perfection dashing about decadent Victorian London in a smart top hat and smoking away in Chinese Opium dens.

The prostitues are portrayed as working class women just trying to get ahead in the world and shows them in a sympathetic light.

The Ripper is portrayed in terms of the evil racist establishement authority or in today's terms "the man".

The weakest link in the film was it's modern take and values on race and sex and imprinting it on 19th century characters.

An overall good movie and I would recommend it to those who don't have a queasy stomach. Some of the death scenes are extreme!


Recommended:
Yes

Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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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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