After traveling on the Blue Train from Calais to Nice, Hercule Poirot is pressed into service to help solve the murder of heiress Ruth Kettering who is found savagely beaten in her compartment. She was the daughter of wealthy industrialist Rufus Van Alden and very much wanted a divorce. Both her husband and her lover were on the train but she had changed rooms with another passenger, Katherine Grey, so the question naturally arises as to whether she was the intended victim. Grey may also have had enemies as she had recently inherited a very large sum of money and greedy relatives had suddenly taken a interest in her. When an attempt is subsequently made on Grey's life, this appears to the case but Poirot methodically sifts through all of the clues to determine the motive and identify the killer. Written by
Well, the screenplay is faithful, even if it's quite tough and aggressively modern, but the directing is absolutely horrid!The camera floats around and give me seasickness (or ,perhaps,trainsickness) even when the convulse characters are with the feet solidly on the land.Even Suchet is hysterical,and I miss longingly his usual aplomb.The actors have no time to act because the director cuts any dialog after the first two lines.And the Tamplins are more annoying that amusing, as they are intended to be.You end the movie with the impression to having been assaulted by some train thugs, who have stolen to you the pleasure of the deep insight of human psychology very present in the last four episodes.Alas, what a pity!Not a disaster, but not certainly the best Christie TV movie.And someone is criticizing the quiet little Marples....
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