Murder on the Orient Express: A Movie to Die For

Audrey Kang, Staff Writer

Looking for an old-timey murder mystery? Murder on the Orient Express does not disappoint. Based off of the best-selling book by Agatha Christie, released in Europe in 1934 and in America under the title of Murder in the Calais Coach, the movie presents a nostalgic yet thrilling storyline that transports watchers back to the early 20th century.

Set in the 1930s, the movie follows renowned detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) and his journey on the famous European train, the Orient Express. Poirot, known for his deduction skills, finds himself face to face with yet another murder case, where the victim is one of the passengers on the train. With the suspects limited to just those on the train, Poirot investigates each one of them in an attempt to deduce who the murderer was. With time running out, and more and more crimes being committed, Poirot finds himself facing an unusual problem: how does one solve a case when there are too many leads?


As it is a murder mystery after all, I’ll refrain from going in depth to all of the shocking revelations that Poirot finds. Murder on the Orient Express leaves viewers on the edge of their seats, with each plot twist changing their suspicion of who the murderer is.


Though Murder on the Orient Express is not without flaws, the riveting story line and interesting protagonist will keep watchers hooked throughout the entire movie. The major let down of the movie is the ending, which is altogether ambiguous and not as satisfying as one might expect the end of a murder mystery to be.


Murder on the Orient Express has mastered the effect of being an amazing movie to watch for adults and teens alike. Older people may find themselves looking at the film’s setting sentimentally, and younger people are held captive by the action-filled story-line.

While Murder on the Orient Express may be overshadowed by some of the flashier movies in the box office today, it is still a remake of a classic that most definitely is worth seeing. Even as society moves on to the days of DNA tests and surveillance cameras, nothing beats the feeling of a classic murder mystery.