THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM won't change the world, but it's definitely worth watching if you're the kind of person who likes to watch a movie with a bit of mystery. Set in old London, this movie follows a detective who is trying to solve a series of murder cases that somehow seem to connect to the local playhouse theater of the district. There's a host of suspects, and time is running out as an innocent may be executed soon.
Here's the one thing that matters for a movie like this: I definitely found myself trying to guess who the murderer was. And I really didn't know for most of the movie who it would be! So in that sense, THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM clearly succeeded for me. There was some pretty good acting and there were interesting themes of revenge and jealousy being explored... all in all an interesting, although not world-changing, crime thriller.
Costume slasher movie can't support its ambitions.
A mash up of Se7en and The Elephant Man, this one is stylish but over long and relentlessly grim.
With a nod to the Jack the Ripper murders this one is set in London's underclass Limehouse, where Inspector under a cloud Nighy arrives to investigate the succession of "Golem" slasher murders. Suspects include comedian Dan Leno and a bushy bearded Karl Marx. Nighy's investigation gets involved with hard working actress wife Olivia Cooke's trial for poisoning her husband.
Alternating between the British Museum and Leno's tacky music hall attention shifts to Cooke's back story with lots of oppression of women, class warfare, homoerotic suspicions, opium dens and politicking at the Yard.
Cast and design are superior but this one is not a fun outing.
Reviewed by smoke0 / 10
Just see it
I don't get the less than glowing and/or outright negative reviews. This movie was a completely unexpected delight, a well done old fashioned murder mystery with a twist and I loved every minute of it - well, almost ever minute...I only gave 9 stars instead of 10 because of the last rather gratuitous five minutes or so, as the movie should have properly ended right where it began.
Yes, it is gory, but what would you expect from a film about a serial killer committing horrific murders? However, nothing depicted here is comparable to the average slasher movie, so there is no gore for gore's sake or prolonged and torturous murder scenes.
I was kept guessing right up to the point when both the inspector and the audience are supposed to realize who the killer is, and that, to me, is the best experience possible when watching a well done murder mystery.