Film review by Steve Duffy –
“My name is Hercule Poirot, and I am probably the greatest detective in the world,” Branagh announces as the story begins. The introduction of his crime solving methods was a great set-up to what should have been a great film.
The plot turns when one of the main characters is killed on the train overnight, leaving the remainder of the film to find the killer on the derailed train. The key elements of the story are around Poirot interviewing the passengers while he tries to apply his amazing deductive skills.
The lack of legroom never lets each of its 12 suspects stretch their legs. There are a few notable performances that standout: the delightful Michelle Pfeiffer and an excellent Josh Gad.
The visuals are lush and elegant as the train is full-steam ahead along the beautiful wintery tracks.
Unfortunately, the all-star cast couldn’t stop this luxurious steam train from getting derailed.
Rating: PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Runtime: 105 minutes