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 »
But the lady presently watching you from over there, she is not your sister.
Dr Lionel Cloade:
No. Her name is Eileen Corrigan, a simple farm girl, as she defined herself to me at the church. And, whatever the papers may say, she did not die in Mayfair two years ago. No. But the real Rosaleen Cloade; she did. WHY? Because you murdered her! More than any Cloade, you hated Rosaleen. For in her happy marriage to Gordon Cloade, she had excluded you; your first love; your little sister had surrendered ...
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"Poirot sees things, madame; it is a habit he cannot change"
The last "Poirot" episode available for viewing up to this point (May
2008), though apparently at least 4 more are on the way. And in my
opinion, a very good one. It is a fascinating mix of the new and the
old: the story is told in a somewhat offbeat way, but there are also
some light moments (Mrs. Leadbetter and her dog, for instance) of a
kind that had been almost completely eliminated from, say, "Five Little
Pigs" or "Sad Cypress". Plus, just like in "Cards on the Table", we get
to see Poirot back in his London apartment - actually, a different
apartment, but still on the same building, Whitehaven Mansions. The
locations are not as visually striking as those in many other episodes
of the series, but there are some interesting experiments with red
filters for the flashbacks.
David Suchet gives an outstanding performance in this one - he can be
subtly funny ("There is an unresolved indigo in your aura", a flaky
lady tells him. "Yes, I know, it is a problem", he replies) or dead
serious ("If God should deprive anyone of His mercy, it surely will be
you"); whichever the situation calls for. The rest of the cast is
typically good, with top honors going to Elliot Cowan, who gives a
truly creepy edge to David Hunter.
I noticed that the script was written by Guy Andrews, the same man who
adapted "The Mystery of the Blue Train" for the screen. In both cases,
Agatha Christie purists have complained about changes from the original
text. But I (who had read neither novel) was able to appreciate the
stories for what they were: multi-character, multi-layered mysteries
that are structured a bit like Chinese boxes - you unlock one and there
is another one inside. In other words, I'm already interested in his
next AC adaptation, which according to IMDb will be "Hallowe'en Party"
(also, I find it quite funny that some people complain about lack of
faithfulness to the novels BUT want Hastings, Japp and Miss Lemon back
in the movies, even if these characters did not appear in those novels
at all!). Another point to consider is that David Suchet himself, who
has read all the books in preparation for the role, has now been
promoted to co-producer status and he has said that he reads and
approves the scripts before filming begins.
Overall, "Taken at the Flood" may not be among the Top 5 Poirot
episodes so far, but it's still better food for the brain than most of
what is available out there. (***)
(Read also pajak3's excellent IMDb comment on this movie - the sentence
"there is no such thing as a lighter side of crime" is particularly
spot-on, especially when we're talking about murder)
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