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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 10 November 2017 (USA)
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When a murder occurs on the train he's travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

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Hotel Waiter
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British Police Chief Inspector
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Imam
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Arab Shipmate
Nari Blair-Mangat ...
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Luke Brady ...
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Hercule Poirot, the best detective in the world decides to leave on the Orient Express. The train accidentally gets stopped because of a small avalanche. Little did he know that a murder was planned and that a person on this train was able of committing such crime. Will he solve this murder before the train starts working again? Written by DoomRanger

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Everyone is a Suspect.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Murder on the Orient Express  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,681,472, 12 November 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,728,361, 11 January 2018
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2.39 : 1
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Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi have previously played the role of Hamlet on film and stage, as well as directing each other in their interpretations of the famous Shakespeare tragedy. Branagh appeared in Jacobi's stage production in 1988 (with the Renaissance Theatre Company), and then went to star and direct in the 1996 big screen adaptation of the play, with Jacobi appearing as King Claudius. Jacobi played Hamlet in 1979 for a stage production that toured Europe and Australasia, and later reprised the role in a television adaptation aired by the BBC in 1980. Coincidentally, Paapa Essiedu (an extra who appears as a police officer guarding the Wailing Wall at the start of the movie) also played the role of Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Poirot interrogates Ms. Schmidt, she is requested to speak in German. Although the effort is commendable, there is a strong accent and you can tell right away that she is not a native speaker. See more »

Quotes

Pilar Estravados: Wine is where the devil finds his darlings.
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Never Forget
Performed by Michelle Pfeiffer
Music by Patrick Doyle
Lyrics by Kenneth Branagh
Published by T C F Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP), Patrick Doyle Music (PRS), Air-Edel Associates Ltd. (PRS)
Piano: Patrick Doyle
Cello: Richard Harwood
Produced by Patrick Doyle
Vocal Recorded by Gabriel Shepard at 25th Street Recording, Oakland CA
Piano and Orchestra Recorded, and Song Mixed by Nick Taylor, Air-Edel Recording Studios
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This Version Is A Train Wreck
6 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

If you have any affection for Sidney Lumet's 1974's stellar version of "Murder On the Orient Express", do not bother watching this new version, you will be very disappointed. Even the poster reflects an uninteresting tone, the font used is modern and lacks any sense of style.

Kenneth Branagh is a great director and actor that has given us some memorable films, unfortunately "Murder On the Orient Express" isn't one of them.

At last night's screening of "Murder On the Orient Express" I had to use the restroom after about 40 minutes. As I reentered the theater the person entering with me asked me "Do you think this movie will ever get started?" I said "I don't know; I guess we'll have to see." It caught fire way to late, in about the last 20 minutes.

Indeed, the movie had a painfully slow start, with a completely overproduced prologue that seemed quite unnecessary. The introduction of the characters is messy and it becomes rather confusing as to who they are. The cast is full of great actors, but so few are able to "shine" in this production.

Kenneth Branagh is an interesting Hercule Poirot, he seems to be trying way too hard, and for me somehow he never "owned it." The extremely grotesque mustache seemed to get in the way

Michelle Pfeiffer, as Mrs. Hubbard is lackluster and quite flat, until the last 20 minutes where she does get a chance to shine, but by then it's too late, but it's not her fault.

Derek Jacobi, one of our greatest actors is so misdirected in this version that he delivers an insipid performance. Penelope Cruz walks through a part that gained Ingrid Bergman an Oscar in the original, again not their fault.

Interestingly enough, it is Johnny Depp who gives the best performance. He embodies his character with the right amount of vile corruptness, and sleaziness that brings life to the screen. He also has the most interesting costumes in the movie.

Judi Dench is elegant and funny but her companion played by Olivia Coleman, who usually turns in stellar performances is totally uninteresting here, again not her fault.

The production is indeed rich and elegant in its production design, and cinematography. The costumes however are fine, but lack a certain panache and glamour we have grown to admire in past Agatha Christie films, such as those designed by Tony Walton, and Anthony Powell. Alexandra Byrne is an extraordinary designer, but somehow it feels like the concept was to be subtle and "real". She needed to be bold and adventurous like her work on the "Elizabeth" films with Cate Blanchette.

The musical score vacillates from very generic, to frantic and never finds the right tone, never providing a sense of mystery and suspense. Only when true vintage songs are incorporated does the atmosphere come alive.

Kenneth Branagh is such a gifted filmmaker, it is sad to see this film fall short. He is in almost every frame, perhaps he would have crafted a better film if he was not in it. As the conductor of this train, he did not provide an elegant journey with wit and great character development for one of Agatha Christie's finest stories.


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