The Riddle (2007 Video)
A journalist investigates a series of murders that follows the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub. Gradually he becomes obsessed with unraveling a century-old murder in the pages of the manuscript. Only when he has done so, with the help of a mysterious beach-combing tramp who stalks the Thames foreshore, is he able to solve the modern murders.
An ambitious London sports journalist, an enigmatic tramp, and a police press officer team up to solve a series of murders that follow the discovery of an unpublished manuscript by Charles Dickens in a present day Thames-side pub.
This movie is smart contemporary London mystery thriller with a Dickensian twist. When the London landlady of a Thames-side pub is murdered following her discovery of an unpublished Charles Dickens manuscript in her pub cellar, an unusual trio team up to investigate. Mike is an ambitious tabloid sports reporter determined to make a name for himself as an investigative journalist. He is helped by Kate, a police press officer and by an eccentric beach-combing tramp who stalks the Thames foreshore at low tide. Together, they track down the manuscript and as they study it we are transported back into the world of Charles Dickens. Mike becomes obsessed with solving not just the modern murder, but also a century-old killing described in the pages of the long-lost book. Only when they unlock the riddle of the manuscript are they able to solve the present-day crime, facing opposition along the way from a greedy detective, a self-important publisher, and a ruthless construction company boss.
- The Riddle is a smart thriller with a supernatural twist and an all-star cast. Vinnie Jones plays an ambitious journalist solving a series of modern murders that follow the discovery of an unpublished Charles Dickens novel in a Thames-side pub. In a breakout performance, Jones is aided by a police press officer (Julie Cox) and an enigmatic tramp (Derek Jocobi) who plays a remarkable double role. To solve the riddle of the modern murders, Jones battles a greedy publisher (Vanessa Redgrave), a property developer (Jason Flemyng), a thuggish detective (PH Moriarty) and an eccentric Dickens expert (Mel Smith). But along the way he must unravel another century-old crime, hidden in the pages of the long-lost book.