This heady snort of paranoia about the trail of terror left by
Jack the Ripper is extraordinarily violent, in addition to being
one of the most breathtaking leaps of directing skills seen in years.
It follows the dogged investigation of Abberline (Johnny Depp)and
his partner, Sergeant Godley (Robbie Coltrane), in trying to stop
the bloody carnage by the East End's most famous criminal. The movie
succeeds, but it does have its faults - the attempt to weld social
melodrama and suspense creaks at some of the joints. But the Hughes
Brothers' goal here is to make an epic of savagery, and they are
brilliant at ambience and details.
© Elvis Mitchell , The New York Times