Death on the Nile (1978)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 3/5

 

PROS –
1) All the heavy-lifting is mainly done by Peter Ustinov as Hercule Poirot. He’s truly an actor’s actor.
2) The movie came into life after the 3rd murder.
3) Another Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery with a pan-European ensemble.
4) The scene at Temple of Amun with all the possible future suspects got to be the best scene of the movie.

 

CONS –
1) Quite a generic whodunit plot very similar to Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

 

QUOTE –
Hercule Poirot: “The great ambition of women is to inspire love.”

Identity (2003)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Multiple plot-twists towards the end of the movie. The final twist came when the audiences thought the movie is already over.
2) The whodunit premise – a convict, a patient, adverse weather, and 10 strangers.

 

Cons –
1) I lost interest when 20 minutes before the climax, it’s revealed that the entire action is taking place inside the fat man’s head. A major flaw in the screenplay.

 

Quote –
As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish I wish he’d go away.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

Verdict – 3/5

 

Pros –

1) Agatha Christie’s story remains the backbone of this movie.
2) Huge ensemble cast.
3) Ingrid Bergman as Greta Ohlsson – her broken English and timid character is first-rate.

 

Cons –

 

1) Hercule Poirot will remain the most annoying character ever created in English literature and Albert Finney can’t do anything to fix it.

 

 

Quote –

 

Foscarelli: Hey, what are you reading, Mister Beddoes?
Beddoes: I am reading “Love’s Captive,” by Mrs. Arabella Richardson.
Foscarelli: Is it about sex?
Beddoes: No, it’s about 10:30, Mister Foscarelli.

Dhuruvangal Pathinaaru (2016)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –

1) An Agatha Christie thriller especially The Unexpected Guest – multiple plot twist – till the last minute.
2) Tight screenplay – devil is in the details.
3) No songs – brave move as per desi standards.

 
Cons –
n/a

 

Quote –
“At least now I can die without any guilt”

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 4/5

 

PROS –
1) An Agatha Christie’s classic “plot twist” story
2) Charles Laughton & Marlene Dietrich
3) English humour

 

CONS –
N/A

 

Quote –
Brogan-Moore: Touching isn’t it? The way he counts on his wife.
Sir Wilfrid: Yes, like a drowning man clutching at a razor blade.