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|Agatha Christie's Poirot Collector's Set Volume 4|
Actor: David Suchet
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Hercule Poirot investigates an international banking scheme, a train trip that results in a death, and his suspicions about complications in the life of a friend's son. — Genre: Mystery — Rating: NR — Release Date: 8-APR-2003... more »
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A coincidental juxtaposition and one extraoridinary episode
F. Behrens | Keene, NH USA | 07/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We are now well on our way to the first six sets of the "
An Absence of Little Grey Cells
Ellen D. D. Gonzalez | West Vancouver, BC, Canada | 05/09/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The BBC Poirot series is, overall, an excellent one, with many excellent adaptations from Agatha Christie's works. But when some diehard fans insist that even the clinkers are worth 5 stars, they cheapen the whole series, and do a disservice to the superior entries.On the plus side, all three stories in Set 4 are lavishly produced with period attire and fully-elaborated sets, and thoughtful cinematography. On the minus side, nothing close to the same competence went into the plots."The Million Dollar Bond Robbery" recounts how bearer bonds disappear en route from London to New York aboard the Queen Mary. The story is so full of implausibilities and outright holes that one wants to weep. (Quasi plot spoilers ahead.)For starters, the mise en scene is unconvincing. What bankers in their right mind would ship such a quantity of bonds (worth over $20 Million in today's money) in a mere briefcase left unattended by a solitary bank official in his stateroom? These people never heard of armored vaults or professional security guards?Much is also made of the fact that only a few people have keys to the briefcase (thereby supposedly limiting the list of possible culprits), when in fact any thief would simply take the whole briefcase. Once you appreciate that the bonds could be stolen without benefit of one of the authorized keys, the whole storyline is revealed as a Rube Goldberg concoction of gross proportions, using a pathetically convoluted scheme entailing many risks, when a much simpler plan would have done the job much more easily and safely (for the thief).Then there's the person who needs to be in two different places at once, and is able to shift from Place A to Place B and back again with truly impressive ease, like Captain Kirk beaming up. And if this person had to be in B as part of the grand plot, why the appearance in A? There was no need for it. Wait, the appearance in A did serve a purpose after all; it was so Poirot could notice the clue that solved the case. . ."The Plymouth Express" concerns a jewelry theft and murder aboard a train. This, too, evidences extraordinarily shoddy plotting.
Again, the villain orchestrates an elaborate scheme when a much simpler one would suffice. This villain goes to tremendous lengths to mislead the police (and the audience) about whether the murder took place before or after a certain train stop. To what end? As the story unfolds, we eventually come to realize it is totally irrelevant when the murder occurred. And, let's not forget, there is no need whatever to commit this particular theft and murder aboard a train, exposing the perpetrator to many potential witnesses, not to mention requiring eight hours on a train (out and back) - not the most clever of getaway plans. There was ample opportunity to rob and kill the victim back in London.Worst of all, the solution to this case is pulled straight out of a hat. All we're told is that Poirot was able to identify the perpetrator by studying his secretary Miss Lemon's "files". That's it?The third story, "Wasps' Nest", succeeds a little better than the other two, though it still leaves much to be desired as a whodunit. Here, at least, the murder plan is interesting and plausible. However, the motive for the murder is somewhat of a stretch, and the story development is also spun out of thin air. Poirot in effect makes a series of lucky guesses, based on no clue discernible to the audience. No little grey cells at work here, just one guess after another to move the story along.Agatha Christie would not approve."
Not as Good as Some Poirot, but any Poirot is great!
face-garak | 06/25/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Poirot is such a superior series that even it's mediocre episodes shine brightly. But when judging one episode against the others there must inevitably be some that don't measure up.The Million Dollar Bond Robbery - This is actually the highlight of the trio and features much enjoyable footage with the Queen Mary. As well as a rather good solution. - 4 stars.The Plymouth Express - This is very well done and draws more emotion out of you than most episodes, but is still lacking. The plot just seems too simplistic when set against other episodes. Still the footage of the murder is chilling and you really feel for the victim's living relatives by the end. - 3.5 starsWasp's Nest - It's always nice to see them try something different, but this episode just didn't click with me. I've seen them all many times and I just can't get used to this one, even though I like the "solution." - 3 starsBox Set Overall score (Not an Average) - 4 stars"
SV | PA | 11/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love the intrigue created in such films. Wasp's Nest leaves the first time viewer on the edge of his or her seat not knowing really until the end what happened. True of the other two flicks on the DVD as well.
Great film. I wish only that they were still making more of these kinds of stories."