The Friendly People of the Book Club (or the FPBC) presented “Murder on the Orient Express” this Friday in Lecture Room 2. Based on Agatha Christie’s book of the same name, the film features probably fiction’s greatest detective since Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot.
Traveling on the Orient Express during winter, Hercule Poirot is caught in a snow drift with 12 potential murderers and is given 12 hours to find the actual killer.
The twist comes when it seems EVERYBODY wanted the victim (so-called victim; it seems he was a murderer himself) dead.
And thus we have a complete hotchpotch which is basically the trademark of all Christie’s novels. Albert Finney is almost unrecognizable with Hercule Poirot’s ‘unmistakable’ moustache, and the characters show more dimension then usual mystery novels allow.
Overall, the event was a success. The capacity of the room and the nature of the movie meant a limited (and even interested audience). It actually felt good to be able to watch and hear the movie, rather than watch the movie and hear the catcalls. One has to commend Ali Hakeem, he did one hell of a good job.