The Riddle

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Johnny Was screenwriter and executive producer Brendan Foley makes his feature directorial debut with this psychological thriller that asks what a burned-out sports journalist, an eccentric vagrant, and a Charles Dickens novel could have to do with a series of unsolvable murders. Mike Sullivan (Vinne Jones) is s sports writer who longs to become a serious newsman. Strangely, and for reasons beyond Sullivan's comprehension, his superiors at the newspaper and a Police Inspector named Willis (P.H. Moriarty) seem to be blocking his efforts at every turn. And when Sullivan begins investigating a recent murder case, their efforts to steer him back to the sports pages only intensify. Later, seemingly by happenstance, Sullivan comes into possession of an original manuscript for Dickens' The Riddle. As Sullivan begins to draw parallels between the age-old story and a collection of corpses whose official causes of death are flimsy at best, the true intentions of his secretive superiors gradually begin coming into focus for the budding investigative journalist. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Jacobi is working at full steam as both the tramp and Dickens, his dedication to the project matched only by Vanessa Redgrave's complete lack of interest.

    Mar 4, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Riddle

  • Aug 29, 2010
    Couldn't keep me interested enough to watch with any enthusiasum. Kind of played in the background as I went about other tasks.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2009
    I wanted to like it but overall it was rather slow and boring, real shame considering the actors involved in this.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2009
    This is one of those films that I found odd yet still seemed to enjoy it. Vinnie Jones was quite good in his role. Derek Jacobi was excellent playing Charles Dickens and the hobo in this film. This film started off a little slow and odd. I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But once the mystery started and trying to discover the killer than I was enjoying the film. Then the ending was just a little odd as well. I didn't hate the film because of this. I just expected something a little different with the end. Overall decent so I would suggest people to give it a chance.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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