Hop on board the Orient Express, where everyone’s a suspect
DVD: Murder on the Orient Express
Runtime: 111 minutes
Age restriction: 13DPV
Special Features: Agatha Christie: An intimate portrait; Let’s talk about Hercule Poirot; Deleted scenes; Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green; And more.
Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge
Review made possible by: Empire Entertainment
A brutal killing, a trail of red herrings and a train full of suspects sets the platform for Murder on the Orient Express, the latest offering from multi-talented actor, producer and director Kenneth Branagh.
Based on the book by Agatha Christie – who is considered one of the greatest crime/mystery writers of the last century – the story follows her heroic character, Hercule Poirot, as he tries to solve the most baffling case of his unblemished career.
After being summoned to London to take part in an important investigation, Poirot – undoubtedly one of the most famous fictional detectives ever created – manages to find a place aboard the Orient Express.
Expecting a pleasant and quiet journey, Poirot settles down in his cabin where he occupies his time, and his mind, with a book. However, the solitude which he desperately craves is soon disturbed when one of the passengers is killed during the night.
Known for his intelligence and sharp eye for the smallest details, Poirot is asked by the train’s director, Bouc, to find the culprit before he – or she – can kill again.
Unable to rest while a murderer roams free, Poirot agrees and starts interrogating everyone. Unfortunately, his investigations reveal some shocking secrets, and the brilliant detective soon discovers that everyone on board the train is a suspect.
Murder on the Orient Express is a crime/mystery caper which features a stellar cast, including Kenneth Branagh (as Hercule Poirot), Judi Dench, the brilliant Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Tom Bateman (Bouc), Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr and Michelle Pfeiffer.
With strong performances all round, the film is set amid some stunning scenery and has a lovely soundtrack tying it all together.
While this film adaption might not appeal to fans of the Agatha Christie novels, it is recommended for viewers who are looking for an intriguing whodunnit which will keep them guessing right up until the moment when Poirot concludes his investigation.
Murder on the Orient Express is now available on DVD.