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The Pale Blue Eye (2022)

Directed by:
Scott Cooper
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Mystery/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Pale Blue Eye

RUNNING TIME
130 minutes

Produced by:
Scott Cooper
Christian Bale
John Lesher
Tyler Thompson

Written by (based on the novel by Louis Bayard):
Scott Cooper


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Augustus Landor Christian Bale
Cadet Edgar Allan Poe Harry Melling
Mrs. Julia Marquis Gillian Anderson

Lea Marquis

Lucy Boynton
Patsy Charlotte Gainsbourg -
Dr. Daniel Marquis Toby Jones
Cadet Artemus Marquis Harry Lawtey
Captain Hitchcock Simon McBurney
Mattie Hadley Robinson -
Superintendent Thayer Timothy Spall
Jean Pepe Robert Duvall

 

Review

At times, this gothic murder mystery set in and around the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1830, where the now renowned poet Edgar Allan Poe was a student at the time, does indeed feel like the unnerving time capsule filmmaker Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Hostiles) intended for it to be. And when it does, an almost sensational performance by the talented Harry Melling as Poe is a magnetic focal point. Other times, however, The Pale Blue Eye cannot escape the aura of contrivance which runs through the script and the formula Cooper chooses for his narrative denouement. Whenever the picture seems to have been able to mesmerize us with Louis Bayard's often delightful dialogue or some effective albeit conventional twists and turns, Cooper pulls us back to our inescapable Netflix reality with another red herring or an overembellished scene. With better and less controlled storytelling plus a little edge outside of the ultimately obvious violence, The Pale Blue Eye could have been really good. The casting and the performances of Melling, Christian Bale and Gillian Anderson had deserved it. Also with Lucy Boynton, Toby Jones, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, and 90-year-old Robert Duvall in an impressive two-scene part.

Copyright 10.01.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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