Concorde Filmverleih | Release Date: September 8, 2017
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JLuis_001Sep 9, 2017
Surprising how it works, the cast is solid and the story is entertaining enough, in addition, the gothic atmosphere helps a lot, eventually falls a little, blame the script, but I can honestly say that I enjoyed this more than I expected.
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MrLissOct 19, 2017
It was a big mistake of distributors to position this picture as a horror movie, because of this genre here only gloomy atmosphere. About any horror and not talking that will probably lead to the disappointment of many spectators, whoIt was a big mistake of distributors to position this picture as a horror movie, because of this genre here only gloomy atmosphere. About any horror and not talking that will probably lead to the disappointment of many spectators, who received not what they were expecting. I got to the premiere in our city display to see the dark British detective of the Victorian era and has not lost.

The plot of the movie is classic: in the most prosperous area of London in the late nineteenth century is a series of brutal murders. At the crime scene discovered the bloody message to the detective investigating the case — the question to Kerry, and following these messages, the detective gradually unravels the tangle of events, of names and persons, leading to the mysterious killer. But not so easy, because the frame of the plot, banal and very common in the genre, here is threaded correctly inscribed some directorial decisions, but also hides a philosophical topic. What is the glory? What is ready for attention, for the sake of admiring, wide-open eyes of his audience? What is above human morality, or the desire for freedom and recognition? The main character Lizzie Cree is a very important character not only because it is built around the whole plot, but because it is through line of her life reveals the third parallel ribbon — the fight against inequality, oppression and ill-treatment companies. This implication is particularly beautiful and contrasting looks in combination with a line of events in a circus performance, a thousand eyes, the roar of the crowd, the show must go on!

The detective component of the film limps. Yes, bill Nighy was perfectly used to the image of Kildare, Yes, the final plot twist is quite good and presented with taste, playing with the viewer and causing him to doubt what he saw to the last frame, but the rest of the duration does not hold in tension. The narrative is slack and periodically plunged into flashbacks too deeply, why is partially lost, the intrigue and the viewer is not sitting on pins and needles from emotional excitement, and frowns trying not to forget a bunch of British surnames, and any person which one belongs. It adds a smooth and relaxed atmosphere, but not to say that this time it was good. I believe that to fall asleep when you view you do not have, but everything that happens may seem sometimes boring.

In technical terms, the painting's all right. Caste of powerful British actors of the old and new hardening plays a Bang — characters was quite open, colourful and memorable — especially the characters Eddie Marsan, Douglas booth and Daniel Mays, who with a relatively small screen time was trying to make his images are vivid and complete. A huge plus of the movie.

Another huge plus is the atmosphere. London, 1880 looks very realistic that we have licked the graceful building of the municipal library, but the corner curve dirty street with drunks. Immersion in the era and aesthetics of that time almost the maximum and tasteful. For this special thanks to the composer, the costume designers, the Director and the operator — the work done at a level.

Summing up we can say that the "Limehouse Golem" was beautiful and atmospheric detective in the best traditions of the genre, raises some philosophical questions and compels the viewer to reflect on them. All this is accompanied by a competent soundtrack and quality acting. But, taking into account all the details, the ribbon loses in the most important scenario, why not seem so strong work. I believe that if this picture came out 30 years ago, it would have received cult status, if not, then at least a very strong pattern, but in our time, full of movies of different genres, images, and forms similar to catch much harder. And all fans of dark mysteries, the grey atmosphere of Victorian London, as well as fans of bill Nighy is recommended for viewing.
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FilipeNetoMay 14, 2022
I found this movie on television by chance and decided to watch it, seduced by a brief plot synopsis and intriguing beginning. At the right time I did, the film was worth it and deserves our attention. The plot takes place some years beforeI found this movie on television by chance and decided to watch it, seduced by a brief plot synopsis and intriguing beginning. At the right time I did, the film was worth it and deserves our attention. The plot takes place some years before the appearance of Jack the Ripper, and recounts the somewhat amateurish way in which the English authorities dealt with the emergence of a bloodthirsty serial killer.

Obviously, the inspiration for this film was evident: each of the Golem's crimes bore a very strong signature of Jack the Ripper, a real killer who was never caught or even successfully identified. The crimes in this movie are gory and graphic, and the movie can be shocking at times. But the best thing about the film is, in my opinion, its cleverly written and executed screenplay, in which a Scotland Yard inspector searches for the murderer and all the clues point to a woman he firmly believes to be innocent and, probably, trying to cover up the real criminal. The plot has many twists and turns, and you should be careful not to miss anything important. The effort pays off.

The film bets a lot on creating a dense environment, with deep suspense, and makes the best use of the nocturnal, decadent and almost inhumane atmosphere of Victorian London. From the gloomy streets to the poorly theater, passing through the brothels and the Library (one of the most important and symbolical settings), the film has the right atmosphere and is visually elegant. There are several characters who carry within themselves a dismay and bitterness that is part of the Victorian feeling, where disenchantment leads to the need for abstraction and escapism, depression and mental anguish.

Bill Nighy's work is really the most solid and consistent of the entire cast, and it sustains the film quite well. The actor is a British veteran, impeccable in his work, and manages to give the character a touch of tiredness that gives him realism and credibility. Olivia Cooke is surprising and did an excellent job here, in a character that is not easy, demanding and full of psychological nuances. Nevertheless, she does manage to captivate and capture our sympathy, even being more pleasant than Nighy's character. Douglas Booth also gives his character a bit of acidity. He's seen too much in a world too ugly. Sam Reid looks good to me, and Maria Valverde also made a very thoughtful contribution.

On a technical level, the film makes a serious and consistent bet on cinematography, dark, dense and purposefully foggy, as if to immerse the audience in a foggy, dirty London, full of vices and the smell of coal and smoke. The special and visual effects also worked well, particularly in the crime and murder scenes. The sets were beautifully executed and the choice of filming locations was careful, as was the design of the film's costumes and props, which look excellent and historically rigorous. The soundtrack helps us a lot to live the period and feel the atmosphere of the film.
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