By Jeremiah Roberts (Michigan, US)


Get your tickets, grab your popcorn and drinks, all aboard Murder on the Orient Express. Enjoy your next movie outing with a murder mystery chalked full of big name actors who aim to impress. Stamped with a rating of PG-13 this is a film the whole family can enjoy but primarily aimed more towards an adult audience with a taste for drama. The runtime for this film is no mystery and lands at one hour and fifty-four minutes.

If your like me and enjoy a movie involving the human condition, tons of intriguing characters and a major plot twist, this is just what you have been looking for. In this fast paced, explosion loving day in age it’s nice for a change in pace every once and awhile. This film delivers just that. So if you are interested in something a little different you won’t be disappointed. However in the spirit of trying something separate from most other movies one has to truly give this film a chance and allow themselves to get into the mystery state of mind and enjoy. You won’t find any cheap thrills here just a great story with an amazing cast.

This particular movie follows the crime filled adventures of renowned detective Hercule Poirot, a larger than life character with a black and white way of seeing his world around him. After being interrupted from his vacation, we are taken aboard a locomotive set in 1934 where Poirot is now on his way to London on business. Here our protagonist has a chance encounter with a mysterious case of murder and a car full of unlikely suspects. All the while left with a major crime that is more than he bargained for having to be solved before the train reaches its final destination. Filled with lies and deceit in the form of the beloved board game clue you are sure to be entertained left guessing the entire film.

This adaption of Agatha Christie’s novel of the same name, is directed by none other than the movies lead actor Kenneth Branagh: Thor (2011), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014). Screenplay by Michael Green: Logan (2017), Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Cast members include top billed actors such as Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and more.

A true tale of moral dilemma; in the end leaving the audience to decide the true nature of justice. This particular film not only consists of a well-known cast with gripping performances from Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley and Michelle Pfeiffer but includes a very intriguing storyline with fantastic camera work, unique angles and incredible shots hiding a much more sinister work at hand. This plot driven film brings together a wide variety of characters from assistants to royalty but primarily focuses on one major event that leads them all to be where they are on the train. So strap yourself in, join the passengers along their mountain filled ride and see if you can spot the true villain before the world’s greatest detective does.

Rating: 4/5



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