Murder on the Orient Express

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Stylish production and an all-star ensemble keep this Murder on the Orient Express from running off the rails, even if it never quite builds up to its classic predecessor's illustrious head of steam.

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A lavish trip through Europe quickly unfolds into a race against time to solve a murder aboard a train. When an avalanche stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, the world's greatest detective -- Hercule Poirot -- arrives to interrogate all passengers and search for clues before the killer can strike again.

Cast

Kenneth Branagh
as Hercule Poiret, Hercule Poirot
Penelope Cruz
as Pilar Estravados
Willem Dafoe
as Gerhard Hardman
Judi Dench
as Princess Dragomiroff
Johnny Depp
as Ratchett
Josh Gad
as Hector MacQueen
Derek Jacobi
as Edward Masterman
Michelle Pfeiffer
as Mrs. Hubbard
Daisy Ridley
as Mary Debenham
Marwan Kenzari
as Pierre Michel
Olivia Colman
as Hildegarde Schmidt
Lucy Boynton
as Countess Andrenyi
Sergei Polunin
as Count Andrenyi
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
as Biniamino Marquez
Leslie Odom Jr.
as Dr. Arbuthnot
Yassine Zeroual
as Young Boy
Asan N'Jie
as Hotel Waiter
Michael Rouse
as Inspector
Andy Apollo
as Armed Policeman
Hadley Fraser
as British Military Escort
Ziad Abaza
as Arab Shipmate
Luke Brady
as Waiter
Miltos Yerolemou
as Old Turk Baker
Kathryn Wilder
as Prostitute
Gerard Horan
as Aynesworth
Sid Sagar
as Sleeping Car Attendant
Adam Garcia
as Italian Fan
Darryl Clark
as Salon Barman
Crispin Letts
as Head Waiter
Yasmin Harrison
as Dining Car Sous Chef
Pip Jordan
as Kitchen Car Sous Chef
Chris Porter
as Station Master
Jack Riddiford
as Police Captain
Joshua Lacey
as Track Foreman
Phil Dunster
as Colonel John Armstrong
Miranda Raison
as Sonia Armstrong
Ansu Kabia
as Police Captain Newsreel)
Rami Nasr
as McQueen's Father
Irfan Shamji
as Yugoslavian Police Officer
Tom Hanson
as British Military Officer
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  • Sep 03, 2020
    Murder on the Orient Express had all the ingredients for a modern ensemble classic but it struggles in the end. The key issue is the lack of characteristics and most are left with one dimensional roles. You can't say Kenneth Branagh is out of his element as the film-maker has made large ensemble films like Hamlet. The issue I felt was the tone and pacing of the film. The characters don't grab you and the murder mystery is secondary to the larger story. I've found Branagh's films have struggled with the jump to larger studio films. There are obviously length restrictions and keeping this film at such a short running time was a disservice to the novel. This had a large cast and the potential to dig into the novel a little better than the previous film adaptation. Sidney Lumet's version is still my preferred but I enjoyed the chance to see the film again with modern actors. The premise was a little underdeveloped and the twists came and went. There was potential here but sadly it didn't click with me. 04/09/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2018
    The beginning of the film is perfect, an exotic location, a neat little introduction to the character, the sequences conjures up images of the great adventures of Lawrence of Arabia or even Indy Jones. Then we are getting on the train. The cast is amazing, of course, so is the narrow setting of the train and cinematography. Once Poirot starts investigating, things flow rather perfectly too. What's missing is a major shock or twist, at least if you're somewhat familiar with the story. They did a little action sequence here or there, but in the end the result is entertaining but a bit underwhelming.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2018
    Held onto the rails by visually stunning direction, effective performance from Branagh and cast, Murder on the Orient Express provides a solid pay-off even if its second act will have you thinking of the destination and not the journey. 3/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2018
    The 1974 adaptation of Christie's novel is flawed but at least it had Sydney Lumet as a director. Branagh can't juggle the massive ensemble or figure out how to effectively use the large budget at his disposal.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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