The Riddle (2007)

PG-13   |  Video   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub. Gradually he becomes obsessed with unraveling a century-old murder in the pages of the manuscript. Only when he has done so, with the help of a mysterious beach-combing tramp who stalks the Thames foreshore, is he able to solve the modern ... See full summary »


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  • Vinnie Jones and Julie Cox in Brendan Foley's THE RIDDLE.
  • Vinnie Jones and Julie Cox in The Riddle (2007)
  • Derek Jacobi as Charles Dickens in Brendan Foley's The Riddle.
  • Derek Jacobi as The Tramp in Brendan Foley's The Riddle.
  • Derek Jacobi as Charles Dickens in The Riddle, a London thriller written and directed by Brendan Foley.
  • Derek Jacobi as The Tramp in Thames-side mystery thriller The Riddle, written and directed by Brendan Foley.

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10 March 2009 | luhlin
5
| Good idea, bad screenplay.
Okay, I'm getting older and my hearing is not as sharp as it was, but that aside, I found the lead actors diction, tone, accent and overall sound reproduction frustrating. I barely understood half of what Jones said when he was on screen.

What dialogue I did get was too predictable, rather like the entire plot line and scenes. This film could have been reduced to less than 90 minutes (it might have been more tolerable).

Was this supposed to have been a love story? The woman's lead was so out of touch with reality that she seemed to be rather accidental to the entire film.

The ending was absurd and wholly unworthy of Derek Jocobi. Charles Dickens would have been so upset!

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