From HellIn 1888 Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London.  Inspector Frederick Abberline has the ability to see the murders before they happen.  He dreams them before they happen, now as Abberline has a dream that the woman he loves is the next target by this madman, Abberline must figure out the identity of Jack the Ripper and stop him before he commits the next murder.  Abberline has no clue who this madman is, and the only signature that Jack the Ripper leaves is by saying that his letters are written From Hell.

From Hell opens with us being introduced to Mary Kelly and her friends.  They are in trouble and must pay a man a pound a week.  Soon we meet Inspector Abberline, played by Johnny Depp, and he is after the killer who has begun killing everyone around Mary Kelly for reasons that are unknown.  As the movie progresses more and more of the women are killed and Abberline continues to go after the killer.

This film for some reason is rather difficult to review as you may be able to tell from my synopsis of the film.  The Hughes Brothers prove that they are excellent directors and are very talented.  They have given us a new film with the Jack the Ripper tale and they placed a new spin on it with the ending.  From Hell is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell.  I think that the reason for this film being somewhat difficult to review is that I really do not know much about the story behind Jack the Ripper and this movie was a bit confusing at times.  If you know the story behind Jack the Ripper I am sure that you will love this film, if you are like me and know very little about Jack the Ripper then you will find that this movie is a bit confusing.  I will have to watch this movie again so that I may understand it more a second time, but on the first viewing I found it very confusing.  Still, it is wonderfully made and directed.  I do recommend this movie and I give it a 7 out of 10.

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Posted on June 3, 2008

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