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Based on the novel by Agatha Christie, is the mystery crime drama of the same name Murder On The Orient Express. Directed by Kenneth Branagah, the film features a packed cast including, Penelope Cruz, Willem Defoe, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer and more.

Joining famed detective Hercule Poirot (Branagah) on board the luxurious Orient Express are 12 strangers who become part of a mysterious murder when another passenger is found dead. With the train derailed and a killer amongst them the detective must solve the puzzle before another murder can unfold.

Although Branagah’s portrayal of Agatha’s detective is brilliant and entertaining, the rest of the film and characters were flat when compared. The visuals were stunning, a little too reminiscent of a Harry Potter film though and the dialog was fun and hilarious at times with blunt humour. The film was enjoyable but had no real climax. The older and middle aged audience will appreciate this film but I think the younger audience will be slightly disappointed.

★★★

Reviewed by Riley Hooper