It’s no secret there’s a twist at the end of Murder on the Orient Express. It’s not just an Agatha Christie murder mystery, but quite possibly her very best; a twisted take on the genre she owned that pushes iconic detective Hercule Poirot to the limits of his morals. Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 movie, which he both directed and stars in, is a glossy, star-studded but mostly faithful take. With the film finally in cinemas, let’s discuss that 73-year-old shocker.

Murder of the Orient Express introduces us to Poirot in Jerusalem where he’s solving a crime with typically Sherlockian logic, but that’s all preamble to the real meat. Forced to travel back to England to help with a previous investigation, ...

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