Review: ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ gets better and better

By Rosette Adel


“Murder on the Orient Express” opened in cinemas last November 29. 20th Century Fox/Released

MANILA, Philippines— One glamorous train, a mysterious death, 13 suspects and the world’s greatest detective aboard make “Murder on the Orient Express” a mind-boggling movie worth watching.

As one watches the film, it gets better and better as legendary and celebrated detective Hercule Poirot played by Kenneth Branagh steps into the case that takes place inside the train. The movie becomes more engaging as the detective tries to discover the identity of the murderer.

The plot also thickens as 13 passengers are all treated as a suspect.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is 2017’s treasured mystery film.

The lead character of “Murder on the Orient Express” also directed the film, making it even more interesting. The film's screenplay was adapted from some of the most infamous crimes in history based on Agatha Christie’s classic and most ingenious novel of the same title.

The film is also a remake of the 1974 version, but its star-studded cast, including the biggest names in Hollywood, makes it outstanding. The 2017 cast includes Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi and Willem Dafoe.

For almost two hours, the movie takes the audience on a scenic train ride from Istanbul to London, where Depp’s character Rachet, a hideous businessman, gets murdered and 13 strangers gets stranded on the train after a snowdrift.

Stuck in the train with all of them being questioned, Poirot struggles as he uncovers the identity of the killer and the motive to the murder.

The screenplay gives justice to Christie’s masterpiece and successfully leaves the viewers in the shoes of Poirot.

Watching “Murder on the Orient Express” will surely make one play like Sherlock Holmes, making one try to figure out who the killer is until the very end. The twist at the ending is a unique one. The actors are all convincing in dropping more crumbs of mystery.

Visually endearing, the film showcases a quality suspense-drama where loyalty, deception, revenge and layers of scandals are uncovered.

“Murder on the Orient Express” is from 20th Century Fox and distributed by Warner Bros. It is now on its second week in cinemas nationwide.

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