In 1930s Europe, legendary detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) probes a murder that occurs aboard the luxury train known as the Orient Express. As the thirteen passengers grow paranoid that the killer will strike again, Poirot realizes there's more to the case than meets the eye. Branagh also directed this adaptation of the iconic murder-mystery novel by Agatha Christie. Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley co-star.~Jack Rodgers
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Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh and screenwriter Michael Green
Movie looked great but had a ok story. Everything flowed well. It was a little slow and a bit boring at times. Story was just not very well put together. No room to have you guessing as to who it was. Nothing to throw you off and really make you think you know who the culprit is. The story just felt like the viewer wasn’t their and did this way to much.
The movie was good.Good cast of actors good story not better than the original from waay back..
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Fun movie, with some slight changes to source
Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.
Keneth Branagh does a great job in giving the old nostalgic feeling of the trains and culture of there time period, which also gives a nod towards Ridley Scott’s work as producer. The casting is great, it’s stylized in a super fun way to create a great atmosphere. The story is great and has a great twist, but it does drift slightly away from the original Agatha Christie novel, not in plot, but in details, action, and execution.
I had never seen this until this month. I like Johnny Depp and thought I would give this a try. Well, it's decent, however, after viewing it one time, I don't think I will again. It's not a movie I want to see many times over a period.
The movie looks and sounds good on HD Blu-ray.
The acting is good, they got a decent cast for this mystery murder movie.
I won't give the ending away, but basically someone is on the train who is hiding an awful secret. The famous detective is on the case and soon discovers an awful plot that engulfs the entire train passengers.
The 4K Blu-ray looks and sounds good, but that’s no surprise for a modern movie transferred to disc. As for the film itself, it’s an adaptation made with making new younger fans for one of the world’s most revered mystery authors.
Longtime fans of Agatha Christie or people who have read the book (I have) may find this production of Murder on the Orient Express a bit too stylized. I certainly did, but while I didn’t necessarily enjoy it more than older films of the same story, I found it engaging enough. MILD SPOILER ALERT… I won’t say who the murderer is in this version, but for those worried that it deviates significantly from the novel, it doesn’t. No more than the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy deviates from those books; the spirit is still there, just pumped full of adrenaline and quick cuts. But if it’s a bit too modern for some fans, it should make up for that by having a great cast of established actors (Kenneth Branagh as Poirot, Judi Dench as Princess Dragomiroff) and rising stars (Daisy Ridley as Mary Debenham, Leslie Odom, Jr., as Dr. Arbuthnot). The pace is kinetic, but the elements of mystery are still intact, and the conundrum of the trapped train is quite effectively depicted with the help of modern special effects. I admit, I cringed and smirked at the Kung Fu display of Count Andrenyi, but as far as modern additions, I did get a genuine chill at Branagh’s intensity of the revelation of the mystery (“You may lie to God, but not to Hercule Poirot”).
I buy my movies when the price seems right. I splurged on Avengers: Endgame to watch it again immediately on 4K, and was happy to catch it for $20; for Murder on the Orient Express, I held off until it dropped to about $13 (and Best Buy FINALLY got it back in stock). I think that was the best decision. It’s a film worth watching at least once, maybe again in a year or two, and a bit less martial arts than most modern movies, even if it’s not quite as well done as Knives Out.
This ones a real whodunit if I ever done seen one. A pleasant little trip on the train goes awry once Jack Sparrow gets murdered (Spoiler Alert). I don't know if that was in the book or not. The casting department must've had an unlimited budget when hiring everyone because everybody is off the A list. Perfect little murder mystery that'll have you guessing until the very end. I was really looking forward to the sequel Murder on the Nile which was ready to release until Armie Hammer decided to play the cannibal card in real life so now Disney is stuck with a tough decision. Hopefully it does come out with a disclaimer stating they don't support the eating of humans but due to the fact that 100s of people poured so much time in effort in creating the film we have decided to release it etc. This 4K transfer is extremely well done as well. Colors are amazing and the clarity of everybody and every scene is perfect. Highly Recommended!
I've loved Agatha Christie and similar mystery novels for as long as I can remember. This movie adaptation is enjoyable, lovely to look at, not exciting but relaxing [in a good way] . Kenneth Branagh is not my favorite Poirot - hard to get David Suchet's Poirot out of my mind, but it was fun to see all the characters brought to life in this lovely setting. Enjoyed it very much.