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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

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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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Kenneth Branagh

Writers:

Michael Green (screenplay by), Agatha Christie (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paapa Essiedu ... Young Policeman
Yassine Zeroual Yassine Zeroual ... Young Boy
Asan N'Jie ... Hotel Waiter
Michael Rouse ... British Police Chief Inspector
Kenneth Branagh ... Hercule Poirot
Elliot Levey ... Rabbi
David Annen ... Priest
Joseph Long ... Imam
Andy Apollo ... Armed Policeman
Hadley Fraser ... British Military Escort
Daisy Ridley ... Miss Mary Debenham
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Dr. Arbuthnot
Ziad Abaza ... Arab Shipmate
Nari Blair-Mangat ... Waiter
Luke Brady Luke Brady ... Waiter
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Storyline

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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Country:

Malta | USA

Language:

English | French | German | Arabic

Release Date:

10 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder on the Orient Express See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$102,826,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$352,789,811
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos | DTS 70 mm (70 mm prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The film's cast includes two Oscar winners: Judi Dench and Penélope Cruz; and four Oscar nominees: Kenneth Branagh, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene takes place in 1934 Jerusalem, more exactly next to the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall). There was no yard in front of the Wall until after Israel took over the place in 1967. See more »

Quotes

Pilar Estravados: You said your role was to find justice.
Hercule Poirot: What is justice here?
Pilar Estravados: Sometimes the law of man is not enough.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 28 March 2018 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Forget
Music by Patrick Doyle
Lyrics by Kenneth Branagh
Performed by Michelle Pfeiffer
Piano: Patrick Doyle
Cello: Richard Harwood
Produced by Patrick Doyle
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This Version Is A Train Wreck
6 November 2017 | by ecastrodesignSee 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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