This was a cool concept gone very wrong. Taking cues from books like The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the filmmakers here decided to drop the author of the world's first detective story into his very own mystery, something inspired from an episode of the TV show Criminal Minds: A seriel killer is committing crimes inspired by the collected works of Edgar Allen Poe, taunting the mystery writer to come and catch him.
Likely inspired by the modest success of the Sherlock Holmes movies, this flick is a miss by director James McTeigue.
Jason Statham has a very specific set of skills and very narrow range of acting. And as long as he stays within that range, he produces predictable, generic movies that can only be described as "Jason Statham movies."
Transporter. Crank. The Italian Job. The Mechanic. The Bank Heist.
Heck, even movies where he tries to create another character, it ends up being Jason Statham in a costume (In the Name of the King).
He has brought back the good, old fashioned B-movie and the world is better for it. Don't expect great art, sit back, and be prepared to be entertained.