THE ORIENT EXPRESS!
- By RICH ANDREW
- Photo Courtesy of 20TH CENTURY FOX
At half past midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks, making escape impossible for passengers. Near one a.m., a loud scream, then a man’s voice claiming it was nothing. A woman swears at seeing a stranger inside her compartment. A jarring thud. And by mid-morning, a man is found dead. Twelve stab wounds — thirteen suspects — and with a detective hellbent on serving someone’s head on a platter, this is one train ride sure to go off the rails.
Murder on the Orient Express is the masterpiece of literary master of mysteries Agatha Christie, but the mastermind of the film both in front of the camera and behind it is director Kenneth Branagh as he transforms himself into Hercule Poirot, Christie’s illustrious investigator whose cunning can turn even the most elusive clue elementary.
Branagh crafts his killer cast with actors so good at playing oh-so-evil that it’s almost criminal to convict just one. With devilish performances by Michelle Pfeiffer (Mother!), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man), Judi Dench (Victoria and Abdul), Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Josh Gad (Frozen), Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Derek Jacobi (Vicious), Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Smash), and Marwan Kenzari (The Mummy), this film easily becomes this fall’s guilty pleasure with audiences all aboard.
“Murder on the Orient Express” hits theaters November 10th.