Title: The Ruby in the Smoke
Director: Brian Percival
Writer: Adrian Hodges, based on the novel by Philip Pullman
Starring: Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Julie Walters, JJ Feild, Hayley Atwell
Music: Martin Phipps
Length: 95 minutes
Synopsis: someone is out to kill a recently orphaned woman
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), January 2009
Subjective Rating: 3/10 (Bad).
3/10 (gets points for dialog, pacing and acting) c. 2.0/4 (Indifferent).
The mark of a great mystery story is when it’s solved by the main character saying, “Oh, I remember what happened now.” F*** you, Phillip Pullman. I didn’t expect to like this movie, though. We just rented it because Matt Smith (eventually to be the 11th Doctor) is in it and I wanted to see how Doctor-y he is. Can’t really say, though; the director of this crap movie managed to never quite let you see his actors’ performances.