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In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

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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 ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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£891,862 (UK) (8 February 2002)

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$1,812,396 (Spain) (15 March 2002)
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First cinema film of Dominic Cooper. See more »

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We see a shot of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. However, it only gained its "Royal" status in 1990 - for the duration of its previous 250 years history, it was called just The London Hospital. See more »

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Peter Godley: You do not fuck with the special branch, the special branch fucks with you.
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"years from now, people will say that I gave birth to the twentieth century"
12 February 2002 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

From Hell.

As you will have read from the other reviews ‘From Hell' tells the story of London police inspector Abberline (Depp) and his investigation of Jack the Ripper in Victorian times. Based on a series of graphic novels by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, ‘From Hell' manages to incorporate a lot of genuine Ripper theories and suspects before settling on the most grandiose as its final resolution.

This well may prove to be an unpopular view but I did not enjoy ‘From Hell'. My main criticism of ‘From Hell' is that it is so tedious. I would consider myself to be a film viewer of reasonable intelligence, I do not feel that ‘From Hell' would be better with a series of action scenes. But let's not go too far in the opposite direction and confuse an intelligent approach with being boring. And lets not beat around the bush, ‘From Hell' is boring.

It is not without its plus points. Depp is watchable as Abberline although Abberline is far less interesting than Depp's similar character in Sleepy Hollow. The accents are not as noticeably bad as in the trailer.

But these points are far outweighed by the poorer aspects. For most of these, I am afraid we must look to the directors. Brave as though the Hughes boys were to move into a new field of film making, for the most part the film is never terribly interesting to look at and worse, often treats the viewer as an idiot by showing us close ups and reminders of things that happened moments ago. The sliding realities that occur to Abberline and to the Ripper are cliched and often seem to make little sense.

Reading the other reviews on IMDB Andrew Johnson hits the nail on the head when he says there is no emotional involvement with any of the characters, especially the Unfortunates (whores), and it is this dis-attachment that finally kills ‘From Hell' off.

The reveal of who the ripper is, will come of no surprise to anyone, although the depth of the conspiracy is interesting. I am not wishing to show off but I had a fairly good idea from the trailer.

There is one theory that none of ‘From Hell' actually takes place, it is all the opium fantasy of Abberline. If this was the case then why on earth is it such a lifeless, uneventful time.


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