The Riddle 2007 PG-13 CC

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A brutal string of murders spurs reporter Mike Sullivan (Vinnie Jones, Snatch, X-Men: The Last Stand) to search for the cunning killer in this supernatural mystery.

Starring:
Vinnie Jones, Derek Jacobi
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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The Riddle

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Brendan Foley
Starring Vinnie Jones, Derek Jacobi
Supporting actors Julie Cox, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Flemyng, P.H. Moriarty, Mel Smith, Vera Day, Mark Asante, Matt Bailey, Daniel Bartlett, Vincent Bishop, Barbara Edwards, 'Long Bob' Elvin, John Enright, Elly Fairman, Michael Fenton Stevens, Shelly Goldstein, Sandy Hill, Gareth Hunt
Studio Egami
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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Customer Reviews

I didnt like this movie.
cherimae
Whatever the director (and scriptwriter) was thinking does not translate into rewarding viewing.
B. R. Livingstone
Again, lead actor kept me captivated not the plot.
julesjulski

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nevermore on August 29, 2008
Format: DVD
Though it might not be considered violent compared to many thrillers, the acting, casting, and dual-story plot make this one of the most intriguing thrillers I've seen in a while. There is a subtle interweaving of stories fom the Dickens manuscript and the modern-day murder case-- some actors play double roles, which adds to the supernatural quality of the mystery.

This film does draw very loosely on events in Dickens' life and marriage, though it "re-writes" much. More interestingly, it brings out the darker side of the Victorian author's work with quotes from Oliver Twist, reference to the murders in Our Mutual Friend, and an almost Poe-like narration of a tale of madness and murder.

Derek Jacobi is versatile as ever, portraying both an insane (though well-read) homeless man, and the author/narrator of the newly discovered Dickens manuscript. Mel Smith (The Princess Bride, Alas Smith and Jones, Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night)has a brief but amusing appearance as the enthusiastic (and athsmatic?) authenticator of the manuscript.

Not big on action, but definitely worth watching for the sake of a good story. An added bonus is that, unlike the young and beautiful Hollywood sterotypes we are so familiar with, this cast can really act.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on September 10, 2008
Format: DVD
British footballer Vinnie Jones is cast as Mike Sullivan, a London sports writer who wants to tackle hard news. When Sadie, an old friend with whom he exchanges riddles is found murdered, Mike is thrust into the investigation, despite a detective inspector who'd rather he go away. While renovating her pub, Sadie came across what could possibly be an unpublished manuscript of a dark story of murder by Charles Dickens (though it appears they had Dickens confused with Edgar Allan Poe). When Mike discovers the manuscript, he and police officer Kate read the manuscript hoping to find clues to solve the crime with the help of a homeless man (Derek Jacobi, who also narrates the manuscript as Dickens in a dual role). What they discover is a lot of corruption.

Unfortunately, the director chose to portray half the story in present day London and the remainder in Dickens' Victorian era story which coincidentally mirrors the current events (many of the actors besides Jacobi have dual roles also). It makes the rest of the movie confusing and distracting and had me nearly comatose at times. It might have sounded good on paper but the finished product was pretty boring and contrived. They even managed to make Jones, who is usually such an energetic presence in his roles seem pretty darned bland. Not worth a purchase; put this one in your Netflix queue instead.

© Tracy Vest, September 2008
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Carson on May 10, 2013
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I liked this film a lot. The nuances make it great for several viewings. The acting is superb, and I loved the writing and directing with authentic set production. This film has a classic concept with it's combined mystery and social justice theme, yet it is packed with original writing and ideas, with plenty of exciting twists and turns. It's a must watch, I am glad I bought this film after randomly reading a review touting it's quality.

KCarson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice L. Nelson on August 6, 2011
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The Riddle stars one of my favorite actors, Derek Jacobi, so I thought the movie was good, although as Brittish movies do, it was kind of choppy and hard to follow, and ended stupid. My rating of the site I got this movie from was 1st rate. It arrived in perfect condition, and the C.D. is great. I'd give them 5 stars, plus it was only a week or two in getting here. Thanks!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CP on December 12, 2008
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I loved the "history", the film was well done and I enjoyed the characters - I felt like I got to know them well. It was a fantastic ending! I'm buying it for my personal library.
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By julesjulski on June 29, 2011
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Other than the hot lead male actor I was sorta lost regarding this movie....Decent film. Again, lead actor kept me captivated not the plot.
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Love Vinnie Jones doing something other than badass thug.

He delivers an excellent performance as Mike Sullivan, a hustling sports reporter who dreams of moving into hard news. And the story that might make his career: Investigating the mysterious murder of a local pub owner. Unbeknownst to him is that this is no average street crime. It might just be the tip of a very ugly iceberg, possibly threatening the government itself. And the powers-that-be aren't going to let that happen.

Unfortunately that wonderful performance was stuck inside this bizarre little film.

Attempting to blend two completely incongruous tales - the plot I described above and, hold onto your seats, a lost story by Charles Dickens. An unpublished manuscript which is explained by Dickens himself (Derek Jacobi) during the turbulent period following his wife's undiagnosed mental illness, which one presumes to be schizophrenia.

It's the constant flipping between 'today' and the Victorian England past that makes this such a quirky production. Had this been a straight thriller I honestly believe it would've been quite excellent, on par with something like "The International".

Unfortunately, that's not what happened.

It's difficult to review this without giving too much away - as I never want to play spoiler, even if the film is a steaming dung pile.

That's not the case with The Riddle - it's decent for a purely will-only-watch-this-once-in-my-life category type of flick.

But I so wish that Jones is given more roles like this one; he can do so much more than a frowning bloodthirsty hulk. In this film he convincingly portrays vulnerable, sweet, and even self-deprecating. And Jones' enjoyable non-thug performance is the only reason it rates three-stars.
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