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REVIEW: ‘A Murder on the Orient Express’

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“A Murder on the Orient Express” was released on Nov. 10 and is based on the novel by Agatha Christie. The film stars Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leslie Odom Jr. and Willem Dafoe.

The film follows the cast through a night on the Orient Express. One of the characters is mysteriously murdered, and Hercule Poirot, played by Branagh, is a detective and makes it his mission to find out who committed the crime.

At one point, the train is passing through the mountains and is hit by an avalanche. This stops the train’s trip and gives Poirot some extra time to find the culprit. One by one, he interviews the passengers and begins to connect the dots.

“A Murder on the Orient Express” is an interesting film. The story is actually really good. It is a very simple plot and the simplicity is a nice characteristic. Many movies today have very overdramatic and even complicated storylines. But this movie brings the mystery film back to the basics, which was nice to see.

The actors did a good job portraying their characters. Each one of them fit into the story differently and they all played off of one another well. The tone of the film is dark, but not scary. It’s suspenseful and all of the actors were able to capture that feeling throughout the film.

However, some parts of the film were a little confusing. Not to the point where they interfered with the story, but they just seemed random and unnecessary. These points seemed to be in the beginning before the story really got started and at the end just as the film was wrapping up. So, they didn’t have much of an effect on the film.

“A Murder on the Orient Express” was a decent film. The story was good and so was the acting. There really isn’t anything bad to say about the film. I also can’t say it was a moving or impactful film, but a decent film nonetheless.

 

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