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This latest version of this classic is, however, very different from the one you might have seen in the past. Unlike Hitchcock's film. this version is much more faithful to the novel on which it was based ("The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White.) As a result, those who have seen the 1938 film will likely feel that the two movies have little in common.
Both are set on a train bearing passengers from a small Balkan country to London. During the journey an older woman who has befriended a young Englishwoman disappears. When the young woman attempts to find her she discovers that all the other passengers deny ever having seen the older lady for various reasons. In the 1938 film, the older woman is a spy for the British foreign service trying to get to England so she can relay some valuable information. In both the book and this 2013 version the older woman is a governess who has seen something that is potentially damaging to the government of the small Balkan country. She is kidnapped to prevent her from revealing what she knows about the murder of a young English intellectual.
This version is a well made period piece with some fine actors including Tuppence Middleton as the heroine - Iris Carr - and Tom Hughes as her would-be suitor Max Hare. The pace of the film is on point and the narrative, though a little choppy in some places, generally flows along without confusing the viewer. The problem, for me, with the film is that Middleton's character seems to generate little sympathy and has no real credibility with the other travelers. She is so rude and so high-handed that she is not likable enough for anyone to take her seriously. My sense is that she needed at least one redeeming feature to help me, as a viewer, see her in a more sympathetic light.
A nice movie that perhaps tries a little too hard but is still worth a look.
According to Wikipedia, the film is less a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1938 film of the same name than a new interpretation of the novel, one based far more closely on it. It depicts a young and beautiful English socialite, Iris Carr, travelling by train across 1930s Europe, returning to England from Croatia. She is alarmed by the mysterious disappearance of a woman, Miss Froy, also travelling on the train. She enlists the help (initially given somewhat reluctantly) of the handsome young Max Hare, and his former Oxford Professor, who are travelling together on the train.. The setting of the remake is the luxury express passenger train from Croatia to Trieste, rather than in the original fictional country. An entire 1930s luxury passenger train interior, complete with sleeping carriages, a dining car, and a passenger bar and lounge car, were all recreated in Budapest for the production of this film adaptation.
Despite the plush and intriguing setting and excellent supporting cast, the film is marred by the casting of the unknown Tuppence Middleton as the young socialite who enlists the help of her fellow train passengers to find Miss Froy.Read more ›
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Excellent, modern version of on of Hitchcock's best and his last Enligsh movies made before Rebecca. No one who even tries to redo a Hitchcock cannot get above 4 stars. Read morePublished 2 months ago by GreatAmazonBuyer
Great remake of this Hitchcock thriller. The older (lead) actress steals the show. So much fun to watch!Published 5 months ago by Righty-o
I saw this movie on a PBS station and loved the suspense/mystery of the story line. Anyone who loves a good mystery should buy this.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ive watched it twice now,and it's very good except I don't believe they explain her confusion/sun stroke or whatever it is she has, so well. Other than that....really good!Published 6 months ago by Va Belle
It's hard to dislike a British production because they always strive for excellence, however, the lead character (so well played by Margaret Lockwood in the original) is portrayed... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nuclear Me