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From Hell

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Based on a book by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. Directed by Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes. Rated R. Starring Johnny Depp as Inspector Abberline, Heather Graham as Mary, Robbie Coltrane as Sgt. Godley, and Ian Holm as Sir William Gull. A retelling of Jack the Ripper that focuses on a royal connection to the murders and shows Inspector Abberline as a drug addict. 
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From Hell
  Current Rating: (3.07)  
  # of Ratings: 43      
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1. beckerudy (0) , on 2/25/2005 11:54:00 AM, said:

Just cause its about Jack the Ripper, does that really make it a horror film?

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2. freebird_0128 (5) , on 5/6/2004 6:24:00 PM, said:

Depp was great but this movie was just too graphic for my tastes. The gore and everything else was just excessive. The plot had too many complications such as Depp's character being a drug user. Definitely not a great film and its almost too dark to be enjoyable but its not quite unredeemable.
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3. kamylienne (42) , on 10/5/2003 7:14:00 PM, said:

It was fairly good, very dark. The murder scenes were played out fairly well, not as graphic as it could have been, certainly, which is good--subtlety is nice. I'm not sure about Depp's character being a "seer", it didn't quite enhance the story much. I rented the DVD recently, the extras on the DVD were highly disappointing (the "tour of the murder sites" was nothing more than a tour of the movie set, not the actual location in White Chapel; the little documentary was somewhat interesting, but it seemed like it was made as a rush job, with many of the images of the pictures from books looking rather blurry. The deleted scenes didn't add too much.
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4. lukskywlkr. (3) , on 6/22/2003 11:00:00 PM, said:

This one was very well done, and while we will probably never know for sure who he really was Jack the Ripper, it does give some interesting viewpoints, like the fact that it could have been someone looking out for the interests of the royal family. The acting, directing and writing were all done very nicely. Watch the DVD if you can, it has a lot of extra stuff that will interest any fan of Ripper lore.
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5. callmetootie (2) , on 5/29/2003 7:34:00 AM, said:

Depp is great, but this film is hollow and cold. I was never at one single point afraid, and it's dragged on about one hour too long. Two Thumbs Way Down.
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6. gummocatkilla (0) , on 5/24/2003 11:34:00 PM, said:

This movie was stupid and had nothing to do with Jack the Ripper.
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7. djbuddha (0) , on 6/13/2002 7:47:00 PM, said:

I must highly recommend this movie if you are into the Jack the Ripper mystery at all. It took the theory that I like the most, and put a slight twist on it. The movie also came from Alan Moore's great "From Hell" comic series, which is what initially got me interested, and I must recommend that you check them out if you liked the movie.
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8. CastleBee (56) , on 6/10/2002 12:56:00 PM, said:

Another in a long line of films based on yet another theory concerning the actual identity of Jack the Ripper. Though it is fairly graphic in parts, it doesn’t tend to only exploit that hideous aspect of the infamous murders. Johnny Depp does a fairly decent job and his accent didn’t cause me to cringe too much. However, he seems to also mumble his way through most of his lines making it a little hard to understand what he's trying to say. Excellent sets and costumes and the cinematography is also very well done. "From Hell" now joins another long line of films that I am glad I chose to wait to rent rather than pay theater price to see.
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9. comedian (0) , on 3/14/2002 9:54:00 AM, said:

this movie had a lot working against it from before it was made. first, it's one of those films that tries to fit an immense body of literature into a celluloid vehicle (the graphic novel of the same name by comics giant alan moore, who also wrote the legendary "watchmen", from which i took the name comedian). reading the novel beforehand doesn't help at all with the movie; it only fuels the "oh, they should have done this" game people like me play while they are watching it, but it would have helped a lot of dissatisfied customers understand what the filmmakers were up against, or up for. what carried through was the surreally dark atmosphere that only comes up on paper in the novel as squiggly lines but which the interaction of text and image there create in the imagination of the reader. the over-the-top melancholia that people seem to complain about may have been the result of their trying to translate tons of bio and historical text into pictures, which are supposed to be able to convey a thousand words each, but which in film are notoriously unable to do. for instance, they show joe merrick, the elephant man, for one bit, while in the book dr gull meets with him and explains how in india a man is believed to be the incarnation of the elephant god ganesha, and when he prospers the land prospers, and when he withers, the land withers, just like king arthur, and later in the book we see the british empire wane as merrick commits suicide. or when gull walks an acquintance around westminster and explains the ancient and masonic significance of the construction, and how certain forms and images were supposed to subtly affect men's minds. that kind of effect doesn't come through as well in smokestacks and eviscerations if the suggestion of it isn't there. there's a lot of feeling and power in this movie despite all of its flaws, and i can't count the number of times people have asked me if i knew when it was coming out on dvd. ultimately it will probably just contribute to moore's frustration at not being understood, and the illusion of the uniqueness of his storytelling ability.
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10. mopsa01 (0) , on 2/20/2002 2:53:00 AM, said:

One of the best movies of 2001. A bit over the top but entertaining (for adults) and well conceived
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11. Lotus (0) , on 2/8/2002 1:20:00 PM, said:

aptly named. i felt like i was sitting in hell while i was watching it. some friends thought it would be good to go on halloween to see it, and maybe it was supposed to be scary.....but i guess it didn't come across that way to me. the acting was decent, and the tone was definitely well set....but that's about all that i can find good to say about the movie. it felt drawn out and slow to progress, and i found myself wishing that it would end so that i could go eat
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12. Wiggum (7) , on 10/23/2001 12:19:00 AM, said:

A few words that definitely do NOT describe "From Hell": uplifting, light-hearted, bright, cheery... This is a movie that is intentionally and overbearingly dark and depressing. Oddly (and not, I imagine, coincidentally), the only time you see sunlight in this movie is during a scene at a cemetery - the rest of the movie uses a nightmarish recreation of 1880s London as a backdrop, complete with blood red sunsets and a seemingly endless procession of shadowy, evil street people. The only unpredictable aspect of the plot is how dramatically it steers clear of feel-good developments, but the acting is above average, and Johnny Depp turns in a solid performance as an opium-addicted police investigator. This is a retelling of the Jack-the-Ripper story that is not for the faint-hearted - don't go unless you're in the mood to be disturbed.
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13. magellan (72) , on 10/22/2001 10:47:00 AM, said:

Long, rambling, and graphically violent, "From Hell" was not an enjoyable movie for me. While there were some interesting aspects - the cinematography was pretty cool, and I thought Johnny Depp was good as the opium addicted inspector - as a whole, the movie did not quite come together. I thought the plot was unnecessarily complicated, and that other than Depp, the acting was mediocre. The most telling sign of this film's limited impact on me, was that as I watched the movie, I found myself worrying about my car (which was parked illegally), thinking how physically uncomfortable that I was, and trying to remember what time the Yankee / Mariners game started. Not a terrible movie, but not good either.
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14. Thorne (3) , on 10/20/2001 11:59:00 PM, said:

Over wrought and only semi interesting yarn on the most notorious serial killer of all times, Jack the Ripper. Johnny Depp and Heather Graham head up the roster and do very little but stand around and deliever dialouge with thick accents. Johnny Depp has played the druggy (Blow) and the weird investigator (Sleepy Hollow) so many times it has become routine. He puts on the mask and makes the money. Nothing new fo Depp. Heather Grahame plays a street walker with (of course) a heart of gold. Her friends begin to fall victim to a psycho serial kiler who likes to take body parts as suviners and mutilate intimate female anatomy. Heather does little and her role is greatly underdeveloped. The film itself is right on with atmosphere. You feel in need of a bath after experiencing the filthy and diseased ridden streets of Jack's turf. The theory this film gives us over the identity of Jack is nifty and I found rather cool. I found it rather unerving when the guy who played Jack's eyes looked like the blackest eyes, the devil's eyes...:) It couldn't make up for the blah side plots and over all dragging of this motion picture. Visually From Hell is well made and stunning. Acting wise, it is o.k. Pacing wise, it is a soft lullaby. Could have been alot better, but not the worst Jack the Ripper movie.
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