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 & Crew

Kenneth Branagh
Hercule Poirot
Johnny Depp
Edward Ratchett
Michelle Pfeiffer
Caroline Hubbard
Penélope Cruz
Pilar Estravados
Willem Dafoe
Gerhard Hardman
Judi Dench
Princess Natalia Dragomiroff
Josh Gad
Hector MacQueen
Derek Jacobi
Edward Henry Masterman
Leslie Odom Jr.
Dr. Arbuthnot
Daisy Ridley
Mary Debenham
Michael Green
Screenwriter
Aditya Sood
Executive Producer
Matthew Jenkins
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Critic Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express

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Audience Reviews for Murder On The Orient Express

  • 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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