Murder on the Orient Express / Morderstwo w Orient Expressie (2017)

GATUNEK: Kryminalny, Mystery, Dramat, LEKTOR.PL

OPIS FILMU: Gdy w luksusowym pociągu zasztyletowany zostaje wpływowy biznesmen, Hercules Pairot podejmuje się wskazania mordercy spośród trzynastu pasażerów w przedziale.

Po rozwiązaniu skomplikowanej zagadki kryminalnej belgijski detektyw Herkules Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) wyrusza na wymarzone wakacje do Stambułu, gdzie spotyka się z dawno niewidzianym przyjacielem Boucem. Wkrótce okazuje się, że Poirot nie może zrealizować swoich urlopowych planów – dostaje telegram wzywający go do Londynu. Bouc, świeżo upieczony szef luksusowego Orient Expressu, proponuje Herkulesowi trzydniową podróż do Paryża, skąd wąsatemu detektywowi będzie już łatwiej dotrzeć do Anglii. Jednym z jego współpasażerów jest arogancki milioner Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), który od jakiegoś czasu dostaje listy z pogróżkami. Mężczyzna oferuje Poirotowi bajońską sumę za wykrycie ich autora. Zdegustowany grubiańskim zachowaniem bogacza Belg odmawia. Następnego dnia Ratchett zostaje znaleziony martwy w swoim przedziale.

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

In 1934, famous detective Hercule Poirot solves a theft at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The obsessive compulsive Belgian—who seeks balance in life, and considers his case-solving ability to see a lie amid truth a curse—wants to rest in Istanbul, but must return to London for another case. His friend Bouc, director of the Orient Express, offers a room on the train.

Businessman Samuel Ratchett offers to hire Poirot as his bodyguard during the three-day journey, as Ratchett has received threatening letters from an unknown party, but Poirot refuses. That night, Poirot hears strange noises coming from Ratchett’s compartment, and he later sees someone in a red kimono running down the hallway. An avalanche derails the train’s engine and strands the passengers.

The next morning, Poirot discovers Ratchett was murdered during the night after being stabbed a dozen times. Poirot and Bouc investigate the passengers as repairs begin. Evidence indicates that Ratchett was murdered by one person, with Caroline Hubbard claiming that a man was in her compartment during the night. Poirot discovers a partially destroyed note connecting Ratchett to the kidnapping of Daisy Armstrong, a child who was abducted from her bedroom and held for ransom. After the ransom was paid, Daisy was found murdered. Ratchett is identified as John Cassetti, Daisy’s kidnapper and murderer. Her death caused her mother Sonia to die after giving premature birth to a stillborn baby; her father, Colonel Armstrong, then committed suicide. The family’s nursemaid Susanne was arrested and hanged herself while in police custody, but was exonerated after her death.

More evidence is found, including a bloodstained handkerchief and the button of a conductor’s uniform found in Mrs. Hubbard’s compartment. The uniform is later found, as is the kimono, discovered in Poirot’s own suitcase. Hubbard is stabbed in the back; she survives but cannot identify the culprit. Poirot discovers several of the passengers have direct connections to the Armstrong family. While interviewing governess Mary Debenham, John Arbuthnot shoots Poirot in the shoulder claiming that he is the murderer, but is stopped by Bouc. Poirot realizes that Arbuthnot—a medical doctor and former army sniper—never meant to kill him.

Poirot meets the suspects outside the train, offering two theories of how Ratchett died. The first is simple: A murderer disguised as a conductor boarded the train, murdered Ratchett, and fled. The second is more complex: Every suspect is connected to the Armstrongs, Susanne, or her trial in some way—including those who had pretended otherwise—and had motive to kill Ratchett/Cassetti. Hubbard is revealed to be Linda Arden, former stage actress and Sonia Armstrong’s mother.

Hubbard admits that she planned the murder and gathered everyone else to help her. All of the other passengers and the porter, Pierre (Susanne’s brother), took turns stabbing Ratchett. Arbuthnot stabbed Hubbard without endangering her life to convince Poirot of a lone killer. Poirot challenges the passengers to shoot him with Arbuthnot’s gun, since he is the only one who can expose their plot; Bouc can lie, but Poirot—obsessed with truth and balance—cannot. Hubbard grabs the gun and tries to kill herself, but it is not loaded; Poirot wanted to see how the suspects would react.

With the train rerailed, Poirot concludes that justice is impossible in the case, as Ratchett deserved death; for the first time, he will have to live with a lie and imbalance. Poirot presents the lone killer theory to the Yugoslavian police, allowing the others to leave. As he disembarks the train, a messenger asks him to investigate a death on the Nile. Poirot takes the case.