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The Limehouse Golem

The Limehouse Golem

Großbritannien 2016 - mit Bill Nighy, Olivia Cooke, Douglas Booth, Daniel Mays, Sam Reid ...

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Originaltitel:The Limehouse Golem
Genre:Mystery, Thriller
Regie:Juan Carlos Medina
Produktionsland:Großbritannien 2016
Laufzeit:Ca. 109 Min
FSK:From 16 years
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London in 1880: Inspector John Kildare (Bill Nighy) is commissioned with a particularly difficult case. In the Limehouse district, a serial killer is up to no good. He is so cruel that many citizens believe that the perpetrator must be the golem, a mystical being. For a man cannot be capable of such deeds. Kildare, on the other hand, must assume that he is dealing with a perpetrator of flesh and blood. His investigations lead him into the environment of the popular Music Hall and its star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth). When Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke), one of the actresses from the Music Hall, is accused of murdering her husband, the case takes a first turn. But the further Kildare follows the various tracks, the deeper he is drawn into a web of lies, conspiracy and murder, in which even an experienced investigator like him threatens to fail…

With the film adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's novel "The Limehouse Golem" director Juan Carlos Medina abducts his audience into the narrow, dirty alleys of Victorian London. Here he builds up a dark atmosphere in which a classic thriller scenario is embedded. There will be some wrong tracks until the final, but the actual solution is actually very obvious. But the staging is clever enough to present it as a real surprise in the end. And this is enormously important, so that the film can maintain its tension level, which is already built up at the beginning.

With Bill Nighy a very charismatic investigator was found, who can convince not only with sharp mind, but also with corners and edges. Kildare is a great policeman, but he is also a person with some weaknesses. And that doesn't necessarily make the work easier in this special case - but it makes it all the more exciting for the viewer. However, this can't prevent that there are some tough moments in the course of the story when you run the risk of losing interest in the sometimes quite bloody event.

In its weakest moments "The Limehouse Golem" is no more than conventional TV-food in the style of series like "Ripper Street". Fortunately, there are enough scenes, in which the movie level is reached again and in which the upcoming boredom is replaced by gripping tension. Who appreciates classic mystery thrillers with a light gothic flair and who can endure some small lengths can warmly recommend this very well cast bestseller movie. Worth seeing

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