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Murder on the Orient Express

Everyone is a Suspect. 

Year: 2017 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is expected to have certain elements which are subtitled, but it is not expected that the entire film will contain them. 
Directed by Kenneth Branagh 
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe  
An image from Murder on the Orient Express

Hercule Poirot, one of the most famous detectives around the world, with his intelligent brain, nuanced insight and tight logic of reasoning, has resulted in readers all over the world worshipping him. Although this story has been produced as movies and TV shows four times over, the 2017 version still receives a high recommendation. So how is this story so attracting that it can withstand the test of all kind of cultures around the world?

Murder on the Orient Express uses one of the primal instincts of humankind, fear. In a stalled train closed compartment, a businessman is killed. With no-one having been able to go inside and neither someone inside get out of it, the murderer must still be in this compartment of the 12 passengers. If you were in it, would you be afraid?

The intrigue of the mystery instantly pulls in the audience and we subsequently follow Poirot as he tries to find the real murderer. But here’s the catch – anyone could be the murderer and as Poirot hears their statements, we suspect each of them in turn.

The most fascinating part of this movie is its exploration of human nature. In a normal case, we tend to be emotionally biased towards the person who has lost their life. However, it seems that our victim may not be the most innocent of people himself. This case is no longer a hunt for a killer, but a discussion of human nature and morality.

Jessica Li

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Screenings of this film:

2017/2018 Spring Term (digital)
2017/2018 Spring Term (digital)