Murder on the Orient Express

The first reaction I had when this film was announced was, what’s the point unless they somehow change the solution — and considering the solution, it’s not really something you can do. Having watched it, because I know how it ends (it’s a fantastic novel) I felt a bit bored throughout, just following the motions to get to the end. Also, even though you have this great cast, outside of Poirot, no one is really given much to do, so you just get tiny glimpses of each — they come off as cameos, really. The film itself is beautifully shot though, especially the beginning in Istanbul, and then the interesting angles to frame shots in the train (especially the overhead shots). At the end they tease a follow-up remake to Death in the Nile, and although I have no idea if that will ever get made (don’t think this film was a big success at the box office), I’d probably enjoy that more since I don’t remember the solution for that one.

By Jean Snow

Production Services Manager at Ubisoft Shanghai. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.