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Super Reviewer
December 24, 2009
I guess it would've made a lot more sense had I read the book first. Now I had a feeling that there was too much going on. You know, things seemed to move too fast.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ June 28, 2013
After the death of her father at sea, Sally Lockhart(Billie Piper) is reminded constantly of her lack of prospects. To distract her from a fate worse than death, she receives a letter from Major Marchbanks(Miles Anderson) which she brings to Higgs(Trevor Cooper) after which he promptly drops dead of a massive heart attack, which is not connected to the awful spelling or grammar in the letter. It seems Marchbanks has a journal for Sally which he gives to her shortly before his premature demise at the hands of Mrs. Holland(Julie Walters) who now has her beady little eyes set on her.

"The Ruby in the Smoke" is to be frank, a mess. This definitely feels like somebody tried to adapt a novel by trying to squeeze everything in without sacrificing anything in the bargain. Thus, at first, it is hard to tell what is going on, followed by major characters and storylines coming and going at will while a clear plot eventually materializes. And even in its criticisms of the British Empire and Victorian England, the movie takes a heavy handed route, even sounding like just another anti-drug screed at one point.
August 1, 2008
At times there were too many subplots which had been touched on that both I and the characters were either unaware of or that were so minor in their instances that they became a cause for confusion. Still, a very good script and excellent acting over all.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ June 28, 2013
After the death of her father at sea, Sally Lockhart(Billie Piper) is reminded constantly of her lack of prospects. To distract her from a fate worse than death, she receives a letter from Major Marchbanks(Miles Anderson) which she brings to Higgs(Trevor Cooper) after which he promptly drops dead of a massive heart attack, which is not connected to the awful spelling or grammar in the letter. It seems Marchbanks has a journal for Sally which he gives to her shortly before his premature demise at the hands of Mrs. Holland(Julie Walters) who now has her beady little eyes set on her.

"The Ruby in the Smoke" is to be frank, a mess. This definitely feels like somebody tried to adapt a novel by trying to squeeze everything in without sacrificing anything in the bargain. Thus, at first, it is hard to tell what is going on, followed by major characters and storylines coming and going at will while a clear plot eventually materializes. And even in its criticisms of the British Empire and Victorian England, the movie takes a heavy handed route, even sounding like just another anti-drug screed at one point.
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