A young widow is left in sole possession of her late husband's fortune, and her brother refuses to share it with her in-laws - so they enlist Poirot to try to prove that the widow's missing first husband might not be dead after all.
Hercule Poirot finds himself trying to solve the mystery of the Cloade family. Rosaleen is the young widow of Gordon Cloade who was killed in a gas explosion in his London home. Rosaleen has inherited her late husband's substantial fortune and she and her brother David Hunter are refusing to share it with other members of Gordon Cloade's family. There have been persistent rumors that Rosaleen's first husband, an intrepid explorer, is still alive and as such would nullify her marriage to Gordon. What Poirot learns however is of a far greater deception that will alter everyone's perception of what they believe to their reality. Written by
The title is from the words of Brutus in William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", which Poirot (in the novel) quotes: "There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to Fortune". (Poirot is explaining "it is very Shakespearian".) See more »
When Poirot is at the inn examining the murder scene, the "dead" body can be seen breathing. See more »
The fast-paced, complex plot and exciting cinematography make Taken a far more interesting film than preceding ones which were overly naturalistic and dialogue heavy. Who wants to hear the Hollow's Henrietta discuss what a complex person she is when action and interaction speak louder than words? The actors of Taken are well cast and the characters are great fun to watch. Also, the murder-hook followed by the long question-and-answer routine in many of the previous ones was too linear and formulaic, which makes you question why they were adapted from the book at all. This film mixes it up very nicely, there are no lulls or boring parts that last longer than a couple minutes. This is a film you can watch more than once.
The few changes that were made from the book are for the better, especially if you remember how disappointing the very end of the book was. My favorite things about this film is the dramatic flair of the characters and the camera movements as I stated above. A good director can make all the difference.
One minor thing that bothers me is that the home version of this film seems to be shortened. For one, the scene with Lynn and Rowley in the kitchen is missing.
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