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Murder On The Orient Express - Movie review by Rouén Robinson
By Rouén Robinson
Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44:29 PM

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A solid classic looking mystery that feels lighter than it should be.

Everyone is a Suspect.

A lavish train ride soon becomes a thrilling mystery full of suspense when thirteen strangers find themselves on a journey of murder. One man must use all of his well honed skills of deduction to put the pieces of the puzzle together and solve the case before death strikes yet again.

Hercule Poirot is a world renowned detective who has just solved a theft in Jerusalem and seeks to get some rest on the elegant Orient Express before his next case. Bouc is a friend of Hercule and the director of the Orient Express who offered him a room in the train for the three day journey. Caroline Hubbard is a well traveled socialite looking to continue in the life she has become accustomed to as she hopes to see her plan to get what she desires most come to fruition  with the help of anyone on the train. Samuel Ratchett is the sinister businessman on the train who seems to be escaping a bad business deal from foreign investors but consequences from deeper in his past soon catch up with him.

Murder on the Orient Express is an extravagant thrill ride told with a classic veneer that reminds you of the movies from another era. This lush production is well staged to bring out the intrigue of the timeless whodunit, but slightly suffers due to the shadow cast by past incarnations of the story in different forms of media. The international cast is exceptional but in certain instances it feels like there is some over-acting due to the performances feeling more fit for the stage than for the silver screen. Kenneth Branagh delivers an excellent directing job with a style that feels like Old Hollywood as he is able to make the train and inanimate objects feel like characters in the film that are crucial to the plot. The screenplay by Michael Green is a solid effort but due to the amount of parts does not feel as full as the novel by Agatha Christie. This film is a cool throwback to a regal generation that touches on the beauty of a story well told, but does not quite give the depth of a well told story. I rate this film a rating of 3 & 1/2 out of 5.

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