In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 84th review of the 89 chosen Films…
“Love without faith, like religion without faith, doesn’t amount to very much. ” – Reverend Mr. Carmichael
Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Feb 2017)
Brief Synopsis – On a train traveling through China during the revolution, a group of diverse travelers are questions by the rebels after they are taken hostage in order to receive a ransom.
My Take on it – This is yet another film that I had never heard of before watching it for this series.
I had heard of Marlene Dietrich, but don’t recall ever seeing any movies that featured her besides Witness For the Prosecution (1957).
The story of this film is definitely done in a thrilling manner and they keep the mystery afoot the whole way through.
The fact that it takes place in an exotic location probably helped make it more interesting for people when it came out, but just as easily this story could take place in any time or any place because it is done so universally.
The choice of characters works well and I loved the mix of such diverse characters because it helps make the mystery seem even more cosmopolitan.
Really enjoyed the way that they slowly reveal information about the characters as things move along quickly changing our opinions of them as new and more pertinent information is revealed bit by bit.
The cast is superb especially Dietrich and Brook who have amazing chemistry here.
Bottom Line – Thrilling mystery set in an exotic location which keeps things interesting the whole way through. The mix of characters works really well and they do a great job of slowly giving us pertinent information as things move along. Great cast led by Dietrich. Highly Recommendation!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Hays Office expressed concern about the unlikable character of the minister, which prompted a revision of the script. Other concerns included the remark by Chang that he was not proud of his white blood, but that line remains in the print. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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