The Pale Blue Eye Review: Critics Weigh in on Christian Bale’s Latest Suspense Film

A Review of What You See When You Look at a Pale Blue Eye The Pale Blue Eye Review: Christian Bale stars in the 2022 American mystery thriller The Pale Blue Eye as a detective who, in 1830s West Point, New York, works alongside a teenage Edgar Allan Poe to solve a series of murders. Filmmaker Scott Cooper adapted Louis Bayard's 2003 novel of the same name for his feature picture. Bale is joined by an impressive list of actors including Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, and Robert Duvall.

Beginning in limited cinemas on December 23, 2022, The Pale Blue Eye was made available on Netflix's streaming service beginning on January 6, 2023.

The Pale Blue Eye Review

You might want to wrap up in something warm before settling into Netflix's riveting “The Pale Blue Eye.” If you're already in a warm environment, that's fine with me. Observing the sun from the surface would make you shiver.

Scenes from this film, which was shot in part at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania in December and is set in the bitter upstate New York winter of 1830, are guaranteed to make your teeth chatter with their snowy panoramas, flickering candles, and howling winds. Even if they're in bed together, the couple always keeps their clothes on. In this town, only murder can get the adrenaline pumping.

It isn't just any murder that draws Augustus Landor, a retired New York City police constable with exceptional detective talents, to the United States Military Academy at West Point this winter. A cadet's body was discovered in a tree on campus, so the answer is yes. However, he has also had his heart stolen.

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Landor, played by Christian Bale with his usual stony seriousness and a full beard, enlists the help of a peculiar cadet to solve the crime. Here's where things take a turn for the strange: the cadet is the real-life Edgar Allan Poe, who did attend West Point (though not as a detective).

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Poe, played by the equally intense Harry Melling, who also portrayed the villain Dudley Dursley in the “Harry Potter” films, replies, “The man you're looking for is a poet.” Even though Poe knows that the heart is only a muscle, he realizes that its symbolic meaning is essential to solving the case.

A Review of What You See When You Look at a Pale Blue Eye

Filmmaker Louis Bayard adapted the title from a passage in Edgar Allan Poe's “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The novel from which the film is adapted shares the same name. Scott Cooper, the film's director, and screenwriter amps up the tension with a slew of seemingly unrelated hints: a scribbled-on message, a military jacket without decoration, and the disemboweling of several animals.

The video does a great job of placing the viewer firmly in the setting, with atmospheric details like the sound of wooden floorboards creaking, the hooting of owls, and the all-encompassing gloom. Feeling the weight of the woolen uniforms and the filthy, unruly hair of the 1830s. We go to an ice house when it's not chilly enough outside.

After our two protagonists, a stoic investigator with a painful past and a romantic, hyper-intelligent poet, learn each other's secrets, the R-rated whodunit takes an awful turn into the occult. Poe develops romantic feelings for a fellow student's sister (he donates his heart, get it?) and may be allowing his emotions to cloud his judgment. The detective might not be giving us all the information we need, though.

There's a meta twist on top of all the icy drama played out by the white characters. The officials of the military academy are under scrutiny from Congress, so they're eager for the investigator to find a solution swiftly. The newly elected senator of Pennsylvania, John Fetterman, and his wife make brief appearances in a bar. Production is largely centered in their state.

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There are also some excellent people in the cast that might go unnoticed by the average viewer. Robert Duvall portrays an occult expert, Gillian Anderson is a condescending matriarch, and Charlotte Gainsbourg is Landor's love interest. Almost impertinent is the capacity to deploy such high-caliber personnel under the radar.

The movie has several strange jumps and seems to end on a scorching note (finally some warmth, thank God), but it's all an illusion. The next one is considerably better, one that will come as a complete surprise. Please stay until the very end if at all possible, but wrap up warmly in case we have to move inside.

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Released on Netflix, “The Pale Blue Eye” has a rating of R due to “some violent content and bloody visuals.” Duration: 2:10 Rating: 3 / 4. The premiere is on Friday, December 23, at the Shenango Valley Cinemas in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, and the film will then be available on Netflix beginning on January 6, 2018.


Rotten Tomatoes 58%
Imdb 7.6/10
Metacritic 53%