TIFF 2016 Movie Review: THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (UK 2016)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2016. Go to TIFF 2016 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

the_limehouse_golem_posterTHE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM (UK 2016) **

Directed by Juan Carlos Medina

Starring: Eddie Marsan, Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy

Review by Gilbert Seah

This crime whodunit period piece which combines theatre and grisly murders plays like a super violent Sherlock Holmes mystery. The Limehouse is the working class theatre where Little Lizzie (Olivia Cooke) performs.

The story is told in flashback when Lizzie is accused of poisoning her husband (Sam Reid). Enter into the picture Inspector Kildaire (Bill Nighy) and his trusty helper, Constable Flood (Daniel Mays).

At the same time, a serial murderer, whose horrendous acts soon have the city in a panic, is on the loose. Inscriptions in Latin are streaked across walls in the blood of victims. The crimes are so disturbing that many attribute them to the shadowy golem of Jewish legend.

For a modest production budget, the 19th century London period rich atmosphere is well captivated with great attention to detail. Performances are all around excellent ranging from the restraint Eddie Marsan to the indulgent Douglas Booth as the cross-dressing performer Dan Reno.

The trouble is the plot that gets a bit too complicated before too simply explained at the end. The accidental hanging death during a performance at the Limehouse does not make much sense either.

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