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It's very strange how some films are actually quite good and there's not much to criticise at all but still...you feel like something was missing. Cusack is excellent as Poe. The film is very well executed overall, the editing, music, story, everything is in it's proper place but nevertheless the movie leaves you with a certain dissatisfaction and it's difficult to say why. I would recommend it as what it is: a fine, suspenseful crime story. I always was a big fan of Mr. Poe (he was a true poet and a truly great writer) and an admirer of John Cusack, so seeing him in this role was of course a very exciting thing for me but be advised: If you are not too familiar with the life and death of Edgar Allan Poe and his literary work, this film probably won't make a lot of sense to you..