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The Academy Murders (2022): Movie Reviews

Director: Scott Cooper.
With: Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall.

Written by Scott Cooper (“Antlers: Dark Creature”).


Year 1830.
Widowed Detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) is summoned by Superintendent Thayer (Timothy Spall) to investigate the murder of West Point Military Academy cadet Leroy Fry (Steven Maier).
Landor investigates the criminal case with the help of another cadet: Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling).


Scott Cooper adapted a Louis Bayard novel into this initially interesting film, a gothic-tinged plot with a “who made it?” was anticipated, and ended up disappointing.

crime-academy-christian-bale-criticism-reviewThe purpose of this totally legendary 19th century story is to involve one of history’s great literary figures, Edgar Allan Poe, in a detective mystery that takes place during his time at West Point Military Academy.

Dialogues from Poe’s mouth, plausibly interpreted by Harry Melling, offer brief glimpses into the complex psychology of the Bostonian author.

It’s the most salvageable aspect of a sly film, one that takes us through satanic twists, with cliches in manners and motives, only to turn incoherently and contrivedly to simple revenge.

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