FROM HELL (18)
D: Allen Hughes & Albert Hughes
20th Century Fox/Underworld (Don Murphy & Jane Hamsher)
USA 🇺🇸 2001
W: Terry Hayes & Rafael Yglesias [based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell]
DP: Peter Deming
Ed: Dan Lebental & George Bowers
Mus: Graeme Revell
PD: Martin Childs
Cos: Kym Barrett
Johnny Depp (Insp. Frederick Abberline), Heather Graham (Mary Jane Kelly), Ian Holm (Sir William Gull), Robbie Coltrane (Sgt. Peter Godley), Ian Richardson (Sir Charles Warren), Jason Flemyng (Netley)
Based on a graphic novel, From Hell delivers an alternative insight into the (still) unsolved mysteries of the Jack The Ripper serial killings of Victorian London, affiliating the murderer with higher classes (which is actually a rather credible theory when all the evidence is assessed).
Johnny Depp does well as the drug-addicted, psychic police investigator attempting to get to the bottom of the killings. Unfortunately, the film is very much weakened when Heather Graham pops up as Spitalfields prostitute Mary Jane Kelly (she may be pretty, but she really can't act- or do an East London accent).
Overall, it's a decent watch, but a much better job was done in a 1988 two-part TV movie starring Michael Caine (simply called "Jack The Ripper").