New mystery thriller The Pale Blue Eye has landed on Netflix
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As we slowly but surely get used to life in 2023, many of us are seeking out brilliant new Netflix watches - and we certainly have a lot to choose from.
The riveting film follows the story of a veteran detective, Augustus Landor (Christian Bale), who begins the trailer by revealing that he once got a person to confess with nothing more than 'a piercing look'.
"With enough patience, the suspect will often interrogate himself," he says.
What follows is a tantalising insight into the grisly murder mystery, set in 1930, that features one of horror's best known writers as a character, Edgar Allen Poe.
However, it's worth noting that the storyline is entirely fictional and there's no evidence that Poe was ever involved in the investigation of actual crimes.
The Pale Blue Eye's official synopsis reads: "West Point, 1830. A world-weary detective is hired to discreetly investigate the gruesome murder of a cadet. Stymied by the cadets’ code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case - a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe."
Directed by Scott Cooper, the film stars Harry Melling as Edgar Allen Poe, Lucy Boynton as Lea Marquis, Poe's potential love interest, as well as Gillian Anderson as Julia Marquis, whose character's role is currently shrouded in mystery.
Reacting to the trailer, one Bale fan gushed: "Christian Bale is one of the few actors who can get my attention with his name alone. When he's in a movie, I know that it's gonna be great or he's gonna be the best part of it."
However, despite being release just today (6 January), it looks like the film is already receiving rave reviews from early watchers on social media.
At this point, it's worth noting that the film was released in select cinemas on 23 December, so not everyone viewed it on Netflix.
One viewer remarked: "Just watched The Pale Blue Eye (great movie, highly recommend) and I'm glad Christian Bale is still casted as someone who beats people over the head with something while yelling about a grievance the character has [sic]."
"My kind of movie! A gothic and frigid mystery that takes its time absorbing every inch," remarked a second. "Christian Bale at his best and Harry Melling continues to be one of his generations most unique talents. Kept me guessing the whole way. Scott Cooper's best film by far."
A third added: "It's the best whodunnit I've seen in years & Christian Bale's Augustus Landor is an awesome addition to the pantheon of all-time great film detectives."
All of which begs the question, will you be tuning in?
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