Run time: 109 mins
The cobbled means streets of the East-End run a familiar red in this pre-Ripper gothic mystery.
Implacable Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) is brought back into the London fold to investigate a series of gruesome killings attributed to a figure known only as The Limehouse Golem.
When famous music hall performer Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke) is arrested on suspicion of murdering her husband, the two cross paths. Elizabeth, facing the death penalty even as she maintains her innocence, believes there may be a connection between her deceased partner and the case.
Driven by duty, Kildare becomes obsessed with uncovering the identity of the Golem and saving an innocent woman from the hangman’s noose.
Previously intended to star the late Alan Rickman (to whom this film is dedicated) Bill Nighy is typically excellent as the afflicted and flawed detective. There are also a host of impressive supporting performances amidst the sleuthing but it’s Olivia Cooke who walks away it as the richly layered Elizabeth.
“The legend of Jack the Ripper still looms heavy, but the spectre of his possible predecessor haunts this entertaining penny dreadful-style thriller.” (Time Out) (Research Chris Coetsee) Fantastic. The one face of Bill Nigh playing an Inspector Wardrobe. Come.