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By NATHAN LAWRENCE, Staff Writer

Not many movies in modern times take place in only one setting much anymore, but this remake of the 1974 release does. And aces it. Comparing to the original, The Murder on The Orient Express features an equally awesome line of actors. However, this modern version has a more diverse cast than its predecessor featuring Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, Johnny Depp as Edward Ratchett, and Daisy Ridley, whom you might recognize from the Star Wars franchise, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, and so many more. Given that the story involves 13 people, the cast is massive.

The movie, in general, is rich in action, keeping you interested and curious the whole time. The ending makes your jaw drop, but don’t worry, I won’t ruin it for you. Let’s just say, for now, it’s not what you think.

Both movies have the same plot; Hercule Poirot is a Belgian detective, possibly the best in the world. He obviously has a high form of OCD, which he uses to find the most obscene clues in the dark. After successfully solving a case somewhere in the Middle East, Poirot gets another case that requires him to go north. The only way that he can get there that fast is by taking a train. Meeting up with an old friend who gets him on the Orient Express, he hopes to relax on his way north. No such luck, Hercule Poirot. One night, art dealer Edward Ratchett is found dead in his room. The train being unfortunately stranded because of an avalanche that blocked the way gives Poirot the time he needs to, grudgingly, find out who did it and why. As the audience, we get to experience how Poirot deducts and even can catch on to things in the film. The film is easy to follow, though, so don’t be discouraged by that. Despite there being 13 characters involved in the murder case, you won’t get confused.

When I went to go see it last Friday with a friend, I knew nothing of the interesting history of the movie. The Murder on The Orient Express was actually a serialized story written by Agatha Christie in January of 1934. Christie wrote this as an action novel, being different from the usual romantic genre of the time. It was made into a film in 1974, and now is a film directed by Kenneth Branagh, who is also a character in the film itself interestingly enough.

I was on the edge of my seat, which is hard to do considering that I watched it at one of the MJR Cinemas in the area with those comfy recliner seats. After the film, my first words were, “Wow.” My friend turned to me and agreed full heartedly. If you do go see it, I promise you that’s what you’re going to say.

Some negatives of the film, though there are few, are as follows:

Poirot’s accent is thick at times, so be ready to have to listen carefully and use context clues for what you didn’t understand. But don’t worry, it isn’t in extremely important parts of the movie.

Some obvious branding from Godiva chocolate shows its 2017 design instead of its 1930’s design, which is fine, but it ruins the overall authenticity of the movie taking place during the 30’s.

Those were the only things I noticed initially. Otherwise, this is an amazing film. I give it both my thumbs up and 5 stars!