Mystery


Murder on the Orient Express


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Mystery
Runtime:
114 mins
Stars:
Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judy Dench, Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leslie Odom Jr., Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp
Director:
Kenneth Branagh
Producer:
Kenneth Branagh, Mark Gordon, Judy Hofflund, Simon Kinberg, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott

Content at a Glance

2
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
2
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


a man admits the girl he has with him at a posh restaurant is a prostitute.

Language


the use of a few "gd" profanities as well as other harsh language including "h" and "d"

Violence


a dead man is discovered with several bloody wounds and marks on his shirt; a bloody handkerchief seems to include skin or something from a body on it; a little blood is seen on a woman who was stabbed just below her neck in the back but she survives.

Drugs


several scenes of drinking; several bottles of wine are seen; characters smoke cigarettes in a few scenes.

Nudity


No Information

Other


a man makes a racist comment or two; tension between characters.


Trailer



Synopsis

A lavish train ride unfolds into a stylish & suspenseful mystery. From the novel by Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express tells of 13 stranded strangers & one man's race to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.


Movie Message

Murder on the Orient Express is one of the most scenic movies I have watched; beautiful snow-capped mountains, parts of the historical city of Jerusalem, lovely green trees dot various locations as the Orient Express chugs along, blowing its stack of smoke. And yet, murder takes place on the train—cold, calculated, pre-meditated murder. But who did it?



Based on the Agatha Christie novel, the all-star cast features Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, the famous French detective, in addition to Johnny Depp as gangster Edward Ratchett, and other notable actors such as Daisy Ridley of Star Wars fame, Dame Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer and Penelope Cruz.



The death of a certain character seems to be based on revenge for the death of a child, and this plot is obviously based on the famous Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping case. The mystery is not easily solved, and any one of the passengers could be a suspect. It's nice to get back to a drama-mystery picture with so many today featuring super heroes and action-packed movies with explosions. This is a nice change of pace, although strong language and a very bloody scene prevent us from awarding the film our Dove Seal. For those who appreciate a good mystery, this one keeps you guessing. And one poignant scene features a woman that declares how she dislikes a racist comment as she pours her red wine into a glass of white wine to demonstrate how she likes people of all colors.

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