1888 London the conditions were bad enough for the poor and
unfortunate residents of London's Whitechapel district. Terrorised
daily by gangs, prostitute Mary Kelly and her group of companions
are in serious danger after one of their flock is kidnapped
by Special Branch. One by one the girls are brutally mutilated.
The only person who can save them is Inspector Fred Abberline,
a police officer who is plagued by psychic visions...
From Hell was mainly filmed in Prague, but for any
Londoners (myself included) the movie seems realistically
set in old London. The sets are breathtaking and the smoggy
atmosphere is wonderful.
aspect that could have brought the whole production down on
its knees was the ability of the two American leads to successfully
pull off British accents (Cockney in the case of Depp). While
not totally convincing they do a pretty good job and at least
they didn't stoop to the depths that Dick Van Dyke did in
Coltrane seems to play himself, to great effect, as he always
does. And his dry dialogue helps to give this mainly dry movie
a sense of humour. There was one nit-pick I had during this
film which I couldn't fathom.
ending is surprisingly not straight out of the happy Hollywood
book of endings and it is a welcome relief to see a movie
that doesn't have a happy heart warming conclusion. By the
way, the uncovering of the Ripper is convincing and his reasons
are well explained. A
thoroughly enjoyable film that puts a nice spin on the Ripper
2-Disc DVD set has an above average collection of extras including:
Feature length commentary. A View From Hell - making
of documentary. Jack The Ripper: Six Degrees Of Seperation
interactive documentary. Stills gallery. Storyboards. 23 deleted
scenes and the alternative ending.
great movie worth adding to your collection.
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