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The Oxford Murders

The Oxford Murders
Movie: The Oxford Murders(2008)[tt0488604] Martin (Elijah Wood), a PhD student in mathematics, enrolls at Oxford in the hope of meeting his mentor, Professor Arthur Seldom (Sir John Hurt). The young man manages to find lodging at Mrs. Eagleton's (Anna Massey's), but in this house, a stifling atmosphere prevails due to the landlady's attitude. Indeed Mrs. Eagleton, who happens to be a friend of Seldom's, is a haughty and unsympathetic woman who also stifles her daughter Beth (Julie Cox). At the university, things do not fare much better as Martin is put in his place by his idol during one of Seldom's lectures. But his private life changes for the best as he starts an affair with Lorna (Leonor Watling), a beautiful girl he met during a game of squash. One night, Seldom and Martin, who find themselves at Mrs. Eagleton's, discover her dead body. They are interrogated by the Police. Soon afterwards, they decide to lead their own private investigation. Written byGuy Bellinger
Title The Oxford Murders
Release Date 25 April 2008 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Production Companies Canal+ España, Canal+, Eurimages
Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood...
Martin...
John Hurt
John Hurt...
Arthur Seldom...
Leonor Watling
Leonor Watling...
Lorna...
Julie Cox
Julie Cox...
Beth...
Jim Carter
Jim Carter...
Inspector Petersen...
Alex Cox
Alex Cox...
Kalman...
Burn Gorman
Burn Gorman...
Yuri Podorov...
Dominique Pinon
Dominique Pinon...
Frank...
Anna Massey
Anna Massey...
Mrs. Eagleton...
Danny Sapani
Danny Sapani...
Scott...
James Weber Brown
James Weber Brown...
Doctor...
Charlotte Asprey
Charlotte Asprey...
Howard Green's Wife...

Reviews

Gordon-11 on 24 May 2008
This film is about a mathematics professor and a graduate student trying to solve murders that are connected by a mysterious code series."The Oxford Murders" spends too much time elaborating and dragging on the relationships between Martin, Arthur Seldom, Beth and Lorna. It gives me the impression that the filmmakers ran out of ideas on riddles and puzzles, hence made up a series of love and jealousy scenes to fill up the screen time. As a result, the first 70 minutes of the film mistakenly focuses on the poorly built love entanglements, which is rather plain and boring.The next 20 minutes starts to be interesting as the riddle is full on, but it is too hard to follow. Only the ending twist captivated me, but that lasts for 5 minutes only.If the riddles can be more evenly spaced and better presented, "The Oxford Murders" could have been a great mystery film. It could have been captivating as a simplified version of "Da Vinci Code", but unfortunately it failed.

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