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Probably my favorite Agatha Christie novel, next to Witness for the Prosecution, although not my favorite film version.
She wasn't just all cozy. This is a particularly dark interpretation.
If you didn't like it, perhaps the book would be more satisfying for you. It's still the most inventive novel of its time.
I rate the film And Then There Were None a 5/5. The film is dark and spooky which fits the theme of the film; murder mystery. Many flashbacks show the dark pasts of all the characters which slowly fills in gaps and lets the watcher learn about the characters. The short series is composed of 3 episodes, which add up to around 2.5 hours in total. I recommend the short series because it takes Agatha Christie's fantastic novel and adds a Hollywood twist. Of course, the film added a few features and plot points for added drama, but personally, I think that it suits the plot perfectly and just enhances the film. I can't exactly share what the added drama is, but as someone who has read the book and watched the film, I find the short series to be more interesting. It's mysterious and makes you question what is truly right and wrong in the world. All the characters are different, yet similar, in their own way, so you wonder who to sympathize with, even if they are possibly a killer. Overall, And Then There Were None is an amazing short series and is a great watch for any mystery and thriller lovers!
- @TheBookkeeper of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
This mini-series took me completely by surprise. I've never read the Agatha Christie mystery that this was based off of, so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. This series is not the usual cozy Agatha Christie mystery of a genteel village with secrets to be unearthed. It is dark and disturbing. I didn't like it at first, but after a second viewing, I developed an appreciation for the themes it explores: paranoia, guilt, the fact that all humans are capable of murder in the right circumstances, and the slippery slope of "justice." There's a lot of flashbacks from past to present as we explore the psychological lives of each character. As with all Agatha Christie mysteries, I was not able to guess the culprit. I truly didn't see the shocking conclusion coming. All the actors are top notch British stock, especially Charles Dance. The ambiance was wonderfully sinister and I love when poems or nursery rhymes are used in a menacing way. If you like mysteries that explore the dark recesses of the human psyche, give this series a go.
This is a great story from Agatha Christie. The acting, backgrounds and props are perfect for the time period. My complaint of this movie is the producers injecting political statements into the story. Two are hidden in this movie: One is Homosexuality and the other of the killing of 21 tribesmen in Africa. They do not say Africa but they state it was over diamonds so that sums that location up. Neither of this homosexuality or anti-colonialism is in the book. Can we just leave the political propaganda out and let us enjoy the story. We watch movies to go somewhere else....Well, at least I do. The acting is superb. What would Agatha say? She would be amazed that in 2019 we are enjoying her story!
All-star cast. Suspenseful. Top tier mystery. I never read the book so I really enjoyed not knowing who the murderer was till the end.
I really liked it, although I still roll my eyes at "ten little soldiers" because as a lifelong reader I'm old enough to remember when it was "Indians", AND when it was can't-even-say-that-these-days. I hope to live long enough to see it become "ten little Pokemon", or something!
Anyways, brilliant cast of actors, brilliant Agatha Christie story, really well done. For those of you who keep track of such things, Sam Neill and Toby Stephens have switched off the sexy for their roles, but Aidan Turner must have a clause in every contract saying that he will Not.
I’ve read the book and seen this version of it....a very very good movie..especially with my fav Sam Neill...I really recommend this movie...you’ll enjoy it.
One of the best adaptations of a book I have ever seen. So dark, mysterious, brooding; I read the book before hand, and therefore knew whodunit, and even I was looking over my shoulder. So good.
This is outstanding! Watching it a second time. The cinematography, sets, acting, unfolding of events... everything works.
An insult to Agatha Christie and HER version of the novel, which did not have to be altered as this so-called adaptation is. The original version is still as readable today as it was when it first came out, so how come so many of her works have to been mangled on TV like they are these days???!!!
I liked this production of the story better than I liked the older version (from the 1940's (?) ).
This version is much closer to the Agatha Christie story both in its mood and tone.
Better than most recent Christie adaptations. Suspense well-done, even when you know the story from the book. Quite faithful to the original. Excellent cast.
This is one of my favorite annual fall re-watches. The atmosphere, the cast, the setting -- I love them all, and it has the perfect atmosphere of creeping dread and then outright menace to get you ready for Halloween. Special shoutout to Aidan Turner's excellent eyebrow-acting.
I read the novel several years ago and was captured by the stark inevitability of judgment portrayed on the pages. Definitely a different side of Agatha Christie, the weighty darkness of this story stayed with me. I was intrigued when I heard BBC was making a mini-series with such a great lineup of actors. The adapted script was brilliant--capturing the characters, action, and tone with pinpoint accuracy. And even though early on you're given plenty of reason to dislike all the characters, somehow between the writing, acting, and filming I couldn't help but care about several of them.
I think I'm glad I read the book first. But maybe leave some room between reading and watching to best appreciate both versions.
Intense! Amazingly put together. Loved the drama and twits in this Agatha Christie novel. The end did come a bit abruptly and left us with a WHAT? Highly recommend this DVD
Maybe Agatha Christie's been done to death, or maybe this is just the dullest whodunit ever. Either way, there's no suspense and no real drama in this mini-series, just three hours of actors blankly reciting their lines, in order to set the stage for the eventual revelation, with its inevitable twist. When, at length, we get there, the finale is just as dull as the lead up. An excellent series to sleep through.
Originally broadcast as a BBC television mini-series in 2015 based on the 1939 novel by Agatha Christie, this 177-minute mystery delves into an unbelievable serial killing, in which all ten are killed in turn on an isolated island.
The film appears like a really, really excellent mystery and the performances of the major actors seem almost perfect until the apparently last death.
Then the story suddenly turns out totally silly and ridiculous.
I don't utterly understand how come the original novel became such a million seller.
When I was a teen, I read Agatha Christie's complete oeuvre, so this 3-episode show was right in my wheelhouse. It's a dark, brooding adaptation of the novel, in a gorgeous if gloomy setting. Top-notch actors, including Miranda Richardson and Charles Dance pull you in to the perplexing and creepy plot. If you are a mystery buff, you'll enjoy this!
This movie from Agatha Christie makes us activate our brain to think who is the real murderer in this isolate Island . Full of mysteries, hidden secrets and game of the mind. Very thrilling story great to watch until the end to see who really did it and confirm if i was right or wrong to discover the truth.
This is great! I am watching it now. The scenes are developed, and the acting is incredible. It moves along and is a joy to watch. Well worth it. In an Age when scenes are way too short to keep up with our diminshing attention span it is nice to see characters interacting. Fun to see Aiden Turner play something completely different.
If you are not an Agatha Christy fan don't rent this dvd. I had the best nap while this movie was playing. Long. Drawn out. Boring. Uninteresting.
Good acting and scenery with a little underlying proper English menace ~ 420
Beautifully filmed, great actors, a bit gory. Remake and rename of Ten Little Indians.
This is one of the best mystery stories ever written. It has been filmed many times, but unfortunately none is satisfactory and worthy of the exceptional story. Considering the cast, I thought this may be it. However the screen play, by somebody named Sara Phelps (who goes on to do even more damage to The Witness for the Prosecution next), leaves a lot to be desired. If only they had stuck to the story as it was written!
So far the 1945 Rene Clair version, while not great, is the best we have.