Murder on the Orient Express

Everybody loves a good mystery. This is a given with the many best selling murder mystery authors, mystery books, and of course, murder mystery or thriller movies readily availble in the market. Figuring out whodunnit as well as the complicated subplots always gets the blood rolling and people can’t help but feel excited when they watch this kind of movies.

Judi Dench stars in Twentieth Century Fox's "Murder on the Orient Express."
Judi Dench stars in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”


The setting for the thrilling and visually breathtaking detective story is a train ride through Europe – from Istanbul to London. Taking the audience back in time to the Golden Age of rail travel, the cracking murder mystery is directed with ingenuity and flair by Kenneth Branagh as one passenger is murdered, the rest are suspects. It’s up to Poirot to uncover the truth.

                One of the suspects, Princess Natalia Dragomiroff, played by acclaimed actress Judi Dench, is a Russian royalty who seems to have a hard time coming on to the train, because it is somehow feels beneath her standards. “I think Judi Dench had a whale of a time playing Dragomiroff’s imperious, contemptuous, superior arrogance and disgust at most of what went on around her, which was never as she liked it,” offers Branagh.

L-r, Daisy Ridley, Olivia Colman and Judi Dench star in Twentieth Century Fox's "Murder on the Orient Express."

                “Never quick enough.  Never soon enough.  Never hot enough.  Never nice enough.  And when she wasn’t complaining about what wasn’t right, she was demanding that her dogs be looked after.  It allows for a chance to see a character who is very stern, and very forbidding, to also be naughty and funny. Judi Dench is somebody who can play all of those things with great delight. At the same time as formidable as she is funny, she can also be very secret and hidden,” continues Branagh.

  “Murder on the Orient Express” opens November 29 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Kathy Kenny


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