From Hell Review
Synopsis:In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.
From Hell (2001) is a 2h 2-min American mystery thriller-horror film and was shot in Boscastle, Cornwall, England, UK; Prague, Czech Republic; Goldings, Hertfordshire, England, UK Prague, Czech Republic and Kutna Hora, Stredocesky, Czech Republic. Director Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli (2010), Menace II Society (1993), Dead Presidents (1995)) did a decent job executing this film but needed to steer his lead actors in the right direction or get new actors. From Hell tells the story of the Jack the Ripper murders and is loosely based on Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell‘s graphic novel. It is an interesting interpretation of the Jack the Ripper gory story/legend.
From Hell takes place in 1888 in London where the poor people lives in a horrifying manner in the city’s deadliest slum, Whitechapel, England. Mary Kelly (Heather Graham - The Hangover (2009), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), Boogie Nights (1997)) and her small group are harassed by gangs and have no choice but to walk the streets for a living daily. Mary and her group are prostitutes, and their only happy thought is that things cannot possibly get any worse, but somehow, things do manage to get worse. Their friend Ann (Joanna Page - Love Actually (2003), Q Pootle 5 (2013-2014), Gavin & Stacey (2007-2010)) is kidnapped, and the tragic life-endangering events began. The group realized that they are being hunted down as one of their other friends, Polly faces a gruesome death.
Inspector Fred Abberline (Johnny Depp - Edward Scissorhands (1990), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)) is a brilliant officer but is also troubled. His police work usually involves the help of his psychic abilities. Fred was quickly enticed by the case as soon as he heard of the murders and acted quickly. He became deeply involved in the case leading him to accidently falling in love with Mary and determined to catch the killer before more innocent people are killed.
From Hell is no doubt a beautiful movie where the chaotic work was captured nicely with fantastic camera work and artistically stylized shots. The film appears dark and thick giving you a sense of dread as the nightmarish events continue. I did not like the performances that the lead actors gave as it was mediocre and not up to their standards. The lead actors’ acting did not help the movie but instead helped it to receive a lower score, but the not so prominent actors such as Robbie Coltrane, Ian Holm, and Jason Flemyng gave dynamite performances - too bad they were not the lead actors. Fred and Mary’s romance does not appear realistic and seems forced.
From Hell’s story was intriguing but I did not see why Fred Abberline had to have psychic abilities as it was pointless since it did not help him to save anyone from Jack the Ripper. It is a beautiful movie to see when it is on TV or if you need to rent a movie to pass time because it does have a creepy atmosphere, and is gritty, haunting and has a great storyline. Do not look forward to the dated special effects. With all said, watch the movie if you think it is for you or if you are looking for a good storyline and do not care about the lead actors performances.
About From Hell (2001)
Original Title: Jack
Runtime: 122 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 11
Writers: Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Terry Hayes, Rafael Yglesias
Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes