From Hell

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Jack the Ripper could very well be the most famous serial killer to ever live. FROM HELL, based on a fictional graphic novel, brings the exploits of Jack back to life. When prostitutes are brutally murdered and mutilated in the White Chapel district of London, Inspector Abberline (Johnny Depp) is placed on the case. Known for having visions of the crimes before they happen, Abberline begins to investigate the murders. He makes use of Mary Kelly (Heather Graham), a friend of the victims, and retired surgeon Sir William Gull (Ian Holm). As he tries to keep Mary from becoming the next victim, Sir William helps Abberline determine the kind of man Jack might be. Abberline soon finds the trail leading into dark corners of society where he is neither safe nor welcome. Dark and gloomy in its setting, FROM HELL capture the look of late 19th century fog-shrouded London. Johnny Depp does a tremendous job of bringing his character to life, and while the tension is not as high as it could be, FROM HELL turns out to be a solid mystery and thriller.

Jack the Ripper not only killed his victims, he mutilated them. In the film, while the mutilations are not shown, there are some graphic descriptions of what the killer has done. That is not to say the film is without violence; a couple of graphic scenes depict women getting their throats cut. The viewers often see Jack leaning over the bodies, stabbing and cutting, but only a bloody knife is sometimes shown. While a few scenes deal with the prostitutes’ activities, one graphic sex scene includes explicit motion with female breast nudity. Some foul language occurs as well, most notably 11 non-Victorian f-words. With graphic violence, explicit sexual content and vulgar language, FROM HELL is a suitable description of this film.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
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Crude Language: Few (3) times All Mild

Obscene Language: Many (14) times - F-word 11, other 3

Profanity: Few (3) times Regular 2 (J, For G sake)

Violence: Many times Moderate and Graphic (women pushed around, stabbing scenes show bloody knife, womens throats graphically cut, mutilation implied but graphic view blocked, woman slapped, man thrown down and punched/ head butts another/ dragged by and crushed under carriage, bloody scene, man holds bloody human heart, man thrown against wall)

Sex: Few times Graphic (implied once by prostitutes and clients standing in alley by legs and sounds, another couple in alley with motions and sounds, unmarried couple in bed with motions and nudity)

Nudity: Few times (female breast in sex scene, full female frontal as woman lies on table in opium bar); Near Nudity Several times (cleavage emphasized)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (woman offers unconventional sex to man)

Drugs: Many times (alcohol, cigarette smoking, opium use)

Other: Urination scene; man has psychic visions of crimes before they happen; some characters equate criminals with foreigners

Running Time: 137 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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