A Boring Ride, Murder on The Orient Express Film Review

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Murder on The Orient Express Courtesy GeekFore

Murder on The Orient Express Courtesy GeekFore

The Agatha Christie novel of the same name, Murder on the Orient Express was an interesting read. Kenneth Branagh, producer, actor and director is the maker of this film. He is playing the lead role of investigator Hercule Poirot and is the director of the film.

The film boasts of a star cast that includes Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, William Defoe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. The film is about a murder that happens on the Orient Express. Circumstances bring investigator Hercule to be on the train coincidentally and of course he gets to work as soon as the body is found. The whodunit mystery ends up getting put to ice under the tunnel where the train was meant to pass but an avalanche stopped it.

Kenneth Branagh is excellent as Hercule with the French accent and stylish bravado moustache. The rest of the cast is looking old and tired, except Daisy Ridley who shines in the surprise sinister character of Mary the governess. Johnny Depp has lost his depth, Michelle is a screaming witch and Penelope is only worth a few lines nowadays.

There is some saving grace because of the cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos, who last worked with Kenneth in the film Thor. The snowscapes and detail to the train’s fixtures, fittings and camera movement grips you from time to time.

It is a bland recipe of an express train sliding off the icy boring track.

 

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Hollywood Releases to Watch Out For- July, August, September 2014

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Denzel Washington In Training Day (Courtesy Celebswear)

Denzel Washington In Training Day (Courtesy Celebswear)

He was known to be one of Hollywood’s finest actors and is missed every time there is need for casting a devious, calculative and mysterious character. Philip Seymour Hoffman will be seen in “A Most Wanted Man” with a stunning group of actors including Robin Wright Penn, Daniel Bruhl, William Dafoe and Rachel McAdams. This CIA plot film sees twists and turns and expected surprise as Director Anton Corbijn did with his last film “The American”. It will also be change for Rachel McAdams from a glamorous or girlfriend role and one that is of an operative.

 

 

She has been the Queen and kick ass assassin in Red, but now she is an obsessed Restaurant owner who gets into to competition with the new neighbours. Helen Mirren plays Madame Mallory and Manish Dayal is Hassan Haji and thus begins their competition with a love twist of Hassan’s Papa, actor Om Puri serenading Madam Mallory in the film “The Hundred Foot Journey”. The film’s soundtrack has been done by Oscar winner A R Rahman and proves to be a delightful, personal and tasty story produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.

 

 

You can almost never go wrong with dashing Denzel Washington. He comes in the film “The Equalizer” which reunites him with his “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua. The expectations are hard action sequences, clever lines and a possible strong plot at the end of it all.