The Oxford Murders (2010)
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When an elderly woman is viciously murdered in Oxford, her body is discovered by two strangers whose lives are immediately changed forever: Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to be Seldom's pupil. It quickly becomes clear that hers is the first in a series of increasingly bizarre murders, with each victim's corpse marked by strange symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, setting into motion an elaborate game with the killer with ever-increasing stakes. As Martin gets closer to the facts, he grows increasingly unhinged from his grasp on the world around him. Based on Guillermo Martinez's award-winning novel, THE OXFORD MURDERS is an edgy and intelligent thriller from cult-favorite director, Álex de la Iglesia.-- (C) Magnolia … More
|Rating:||R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex, violence)|
|Genre:||Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Álex de la Iglesia|
|Written By:||Álex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechevarría|
|In Theaters:||Aug 6, 2010 Limited|
|On DVD:||Oct 5, 2010|
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Critic Reviews for The Oxford Murders
This purported whodunit thriller never solves its main mystery: How and why did this film get made in the first place?
A polished but verbose whodunit that's surprisingly buttoned-down given helmer Alex de la Inglesia's rep for comicbook wackiness.
Hurt sells the silliness almost convincingly, but even from such a skillful pitchman it comes out sounding, finally, like junk.
A math- and symbology-tinged thriller adapted by director Álex de la Iglesia, and pitched at a breakneck, didactic clip, absent any sensible, modulated emotional investment in the characters or material.
The Scooby Doo ending requires nearly ten minutes of explanation and negates the need to follow the previous 90 minutes. It's also preceded by one character stating, "In life, nobody bothers explaining anything." Well, except in this movie.
Audience Reviews for The Oxford Murders
If your a Math person you might enjoy this I didn;t, Just to much senless stuff to make it interesting 3 stars
The Oxford Murders is a DaVinci-esque mystery involving murder, deceit, jealousy, and even Pythagoras. If that sounds too convoluted, then we're in agreement. It involves the limits of mathematics and the meaning of truth as well as sub-plots, but it bogs down in labryninthian details. Elijah Wood was adequate and John Hurt was magnificent as usual, but I enjoyed Lenor Watling's performance most. I, like Watling's character Lorna, grew exasperated with Wood's and Hurt's characters. It was entertaining, but when the conclusion or mystery's unraveling must be painstakingly explained, something's wrong. Maybe I'm just not Pythagorean enough to get it.
The film tries awfully hard to sell itself as a "smart" film by densely packing the script with big words and setting itself at Oxford with actors speaking with posh British accents, but it's really just a poorly-acted, miserably-directed farce whose purpose is only to make idiots think themselves members of Mensa for having understood what John Hurt or Elijah Wood was saying. The word choice in the script, Wood's lines especially, attempt to make the characters sound like the Oxonians they supposedly are, but everything that comes out of their mouths is really nothing but pure idiocy. Truly an awful, awful film.
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