Murder on the Orient Express is an exciting mystery and crime fiction film recreated to follow the plot line of the novel published in 1934 by Agatha Christie. The movie was originally made in 1974 and directed by Sidney Lumet, but this year Kenneth Branagh directed a newer and more appealing version of the old-fashioned murder mystery to bring the plot to life. Murder on the Orient Express was released in theaters for public viewing on November 10, 2017.
Critic reviews vary from “quaint and comforting” to “best adaption of the story”, while others say it “leaves the audience numb and bored to death”. Out of 219 reviews from credible critics presented on Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a rating of 6.1/10. For those who have read the book or seen the original version of the movie, the plot line may seem predictable. I personally really enjoyed the movie, having no previous knowledge of the story. The mystery kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing what would happen next.
The story follows a well known and highly talented detective by the name of Hercule Poirot. He is an obsessive compulsive who notices discrepancy in the most minor details. He is in Istanbul when he receives news that he must go to London to solve another case. A friend of his who is the director of the Orient Express gives him a room on the train. While on the train, he meets and encounters many new acquaintances, some of which who are not who they say they are. A murder takes place on the train, and Hercule goes to work trying to solve the case. A man who typically finds solving cases easy struggles to solve the mystery. He finally reaches the answer, and as a reaction to it he tells the suspects to kill him, because he cannot lie and is afraid he will expose the truth of the case to officials. Throughout the film, Hercule makes connections to and discovers the truth of a previous case, while also learning that in life, he will not always have truth and balance.
I personally felt as though the film opened slowly. I was bored quickly, as I was confused in the relevance of the opening scene. However, I soon realized that the beginning was just giving background to the story, and how outstanding of a detective Hercule is. The action quickly picked up, and I was instantly invested in the story. I felt as though I was interrogating suspects, and searching for clues myself. Though I tried to guess who did it, the results were not at all what I had expected. The end was a bit of a shock. It was one of those moments where you stare at the screen, soaking it all in after the movie ends and all you can say is “wow”.
This intense, exciting, and slightly emotional movie was a very enjoyable one to me. I would definitely recommend it to others. If you are going to the movies and don’t know what to watch, Murder on the Orient Express is a great option to consider. Everyone, not just mystery lovers, can find interest in this film.