From Hell (2001) Movie Review

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From Hell (2001)

2001 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
122 minutes / 2h 02min

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From Hell Plot Synopsis:

It is 1888 in London, and the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city's deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can't get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities. Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love. But as he gets closer to the truth Whitechapel becomes more and more dangerous for Abberline, Mary, and the other girls. Whoever is responsible for the grisly acts is not going to give up his secret without a fight....will they be able to survive the avenging force that has been sent after them from hell?

From Hell (2001) Review

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.

  • From Hell Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.33
  • IMDB: 6.8
  • MetaCritic: 5.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.7

About From Hell 2001

Title: From Hell
Year: 2001
Runtime: 122 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.16/5 stars from 136,814 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 136,814
MPAA Rating: R
From Hell Cast Starring: Johnny Depp, Ian Holm, Sophia Myles, Jason Flemyng, Heather Graham, David Schofield, Ralph Ineson, Dominic Cooper, Robbie Coltrane, Nicholas McGaughey, John Owens, Amy Huck, Anthony Parker, Vladimír Kulhavý, Roger Frost, Andy Linden, Vladimír Kulhavý, Ian Richardson, Ian McNeice, Peter Eyre, Paul Rhys, Susan Lynch, Bruce Byron, Rupert Farley, Liz Moscrop, Rupert Holliday-Evans, Simon Harrison, James Greene, Paul Moody, Katrin Cartlidge
From Hell Writers: Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Terry Hayes
From Hell Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Box Office: $30,692,411
Production: 20th Century Fox
Language: English
Country: USA