Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes.

  • The pitch:

    Not exactly killer.

  • Starring:

    Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penélope Cruz, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Leslie Odom, Jr., Daisy Ridley, Lucy Boynton, Sergei Polunin

  • Directed by:

    Kenneth Branagh

  • Running time:

    114 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Suicide (gunshot). People are stabbed repeatedly (off-screen/obscured), shot, throat-grabbed, slapped, kicked, gagged, punched, pushed, hit with objects, head-slammed, pistol-whipped. A story is told of a child abducted then found dead. People fall down through a series of platforms, fall out of bed, receive threatening letters, bangs fists, held at gunpoint. A train is derailed, a door is broken open. Theft. Camera smashed. Theft of a precious item discussed. Fake money, fraud, gangsters, dirty money, forgeries, escaped from prison, innocent woman killed herself mentioned. Armed soldiers seen. Screaming. Blood/gore: Corpse with bloody stab wounds/clothing/sheet. Bloody knife, bloody hand, bloody handkerchief. Knife protruding from shoulder. Corpse on stretcher. Scars. Multiple stab wounds, toothache, thyroid cancer mentioned.


    (None): Flirting, hand-kissing, hugging. Prostitute. Cleavage.


    Alcohol (champagne, hip flask). Drugs (Vials of Barbital; pills consumed). Smoking. Prohibition, aspirin mentioned.


    Name-calling (crude, demanding, insulting, funny-looking, etc). Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, devil, goddamn, in God's hands, Lucifer, good God, my God, damn, God rest his soul, God bless, etc). Derogatory terms and comments towards non-whites.


    Hercule Poirot, detective work, the Orient Express, mystery, murder, revenge, clues, evidence, suspects, abduction, blame, racism, segregation, murder plots, loss of a child, fears, lies, alibis, guilt.


    Dead employer, dead wife/mother, dead baby, dead friend, death during childbirth. Donkey, goats, dogs, pig, hanging rabbit carcases. A man stands in manure. Fur worn, full moon, thunder, lightning, avalanche. Spitting. Brief subtitles (various languages).


    Polished, frisky, handsome, old-fashioned, spiffy, snappy, well-told, enjoyable, entertaining, respectable, stately. Glittery/star-studded/impressive/international/accomplished ensemble cast, fearless/penetrating/amusing/exemplary performance by Kenneth Branagh, larger-than-life characterisation, clever tale, elegant cinematography, playful wardrobe, impeccable styling, some nice/fresh new touches, tense conclusion; has an epic feel.


    Unnecessary, frustrating, pedestrian, inert, uninvolving, far-fetched, undercooked, creaky, dusty. Caricatured performance by Johnny Depp, creaky dialogue, half-hearted action scenes, feels like The Polar Express at times.

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