Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express [Blu-ray]
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While traveling from Istanbul to London aboard the luxurious Orient Express, Hercule Poirot (David Suchet) encounters a ruthless businessman who offers him a large sum to expose the person threatening his life. Poirot declines, not caring for the man or his money. But when he is stabbed to death, the detective is determined to find the killer. With the help of an amateur sleuth (Samuel West, Van Helsing), Poirot begins to piece together the chain of events leading up to the murder.
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Very first scene ... irrelevant to the rest of the film.
Stoning the adulteress in Istanbul ... a strange addition that is very un-Christie. She would never have written that.
M. Bouc's accent and general demeanour ... very annoying.
Making the doctor a conspirator ... a poor addition; his attempts to distract Poirot are dumb.
This movie does not get a chance to develop the CHARACTERS, many of whom are skimmed over with the barest of participation in the film. For example, Count & Countess Andrenyi are barely in the film at all. Countess Andrenyi is Sonia Armstrong's sister, which in the context of the story is major, and yet she's barely in the film. Characterisation was a big part of Agatha Christie novels, and it just doesn't happen much here. Other than Poirot of course, the most prominent characterisations in the film are the conductor Michel, Princess Dragimiroff, and Miss Debenham.
The mindset of the movie makers appears to be "Let's retain some bits of the 1974 movie but also let's add some zing to it by adding dark/new elements of our own."
This isn't a bad movie, but when doing a remake of a classic, it is reasonable and fair that it be marked a little more stringently. To be sure, this is nowhere near the brilliance of Sidney Lumet's 1974 masterpiece. But having said that, it is still an okay film, even if it does have me asking several times "Why on earth did they do THAT?" Occasionally there are things said that are portrayed in a more plausible context than the 1974 version of the film, but these are very rare.
Because Poirot disapproved of murder, having him morally wrestle with his decision to let the guilty go free is plausible, but it's overplayed too heavily here.Read more ›
Here we have a Poirot who is so so bitter and angry it actually detracts - and was distracting - from his depiction. His cynicism was frankly off putting to the point I could not even concentrate on the mystery. So, even had these "improvements" added to the script, Poirot himself was, in my opinion, intolerable to watch.
Every iota of intelligence, suspense or enjoyment was wrung out of this by the acting and unwarranted changes. It was nothing more than sensationalistic rubbish, more resembling something I should expect to see from a dumbed down Hollywood gem than anything based on classic British literature. Avoid this one at all costs. The 1979 movie remains the far better option.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a terrible adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel. We put this dvd in the trash. If one wants to view a better version, get the dvd starring Albert Finny.Published 21 days ago by J. Hutton
My Husband and I love this show, it has been done before by others, but this is the best.Published 1 month ago by cms st paul
It is nice to have a bit of reality mixed in the Pot of being human with this Poirot. To have Poirot as a normal human being, well gifted with all of our inner problems, is great... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Simon
I am just going to put it out there, I LOVE the latter day, darker Poirot. I absolutely love the cinematic, luscious quality; and yes, Poirot's crotchety elderly I'm tired of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rebecca
Bei all means I am a big Agatha Christie reader and big fan of all the movies in this series with David Suchet. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Betty Boo
Just what I was expecting. Loved the item and shipped on time.Published 11 months ago by Renee Lewis
It's been years since I saw this movie and it exceeded my memories and expectations.Published 11 months ago by Karyl L. Dunson