Trailer, About, About Murder on the Orient Express, Cast & Crew, Critic Reviews
Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 mystery film directed, co-produced by, and starring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, written by Michael Green, and co-produced by Ridley Scott. Based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, the film also stars an ensemble supporting cast consisting of Tom Bateman, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley. The film is the fourth screen adaptation of Christie’s novel, following the 1974 film, a 2001 TV film version, and a 2010 episode of the television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. The plot follows Poirot, a world-renowned detective, as he investigates a murder on the luxury Orient Express train service in the 1930s.
Principal photography began in November 2016 in the United Kingdom; it is one of the few productions in recent decades to have used 65 mm film cameras. Murder on the Orient Express had its world premiere on November 2, 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and was released theatrically in the United Kingdom on November 3, 2017, and in the United States on November 10, 2017, by 20th Century Fox. The film grossed over $351 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics, with praise for the performances of the cast and production values, but some criticism for the screenplay and for not adding anything new to previous adaptations. A sequel titled Death on the Nile was released in 2022.
About Murder on the Orient Express:
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.
- Rating: PG-13 (Violence and Thematic Elements)
- Genre: Mystery & thriller, Crime, Drama
- Original Language: English
- Director: Kenneth Branagh
- Producer: Mark Gordon, Simon Kinberg, Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott
- Writer: Michael Green
- Release Date (Theaters): Nov 10, 2017 Wide
- Release Date (Streaming): Feb 27, 2018
- Box Office (Gross USA): $101.5M
- Runtime: 1h 54m
- Distributor: 20th Century Fox
- Production Co: Kinberg Genre, Scott Free Productions, The Mark Gordon Company
- Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos
- Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)
Cast & Crew:
- Hercule Poirot
- Pilar Estravados
- Gerhard Hardman
- Princess Dragomiroff
- Young Policeman
- Young Boy
- Hotel Waiter
- British Police Chief Inspector
- Armed Policeman
The actors here try too hard to flesh out roles that are little more than stock types.
March 25, 2020 | Full Review…
Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader
[Kenneth Branagh] doesn’t bring much new to the basic conception-a bunch of famous actors play eccentrics cooped up on a train, with secrets to be unearthed. But he does embellish the template with glossy extras.
March 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Jonathan Romney Film Comment Magazine
There’s something quaint and comforting about this film and its brand of old-fashioned storytelling, where coincidences are extremely likely, everyone somehow knows a countess, and a man puts honor above all else.
December 1, 2017 | Full Review…
April Wolfe Village Voice
Every cast member is superb, and it’s a gorgeous movie to look at. How much its flaws stand out depends entirely on how much you’re willing to buy into its earnestness, which is as impossible to miss as Branagh’s mustache.
November 21, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
Karen Han Slashfilm
Murder on the Orient Express is nothing more than serviceable.
November 20, 2017 | Full Review…
Kristen Lopez Culturess
Branagh’s retelling of the classic Agatha Christie tale is visually sumptuous yet otherwise inert, a series of what are essentially cameos by performers far too gifted to waste their time like this.
November 19, 2017 | Full Review…
Christopher Orr The Atlantic
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