When wealthy philanthropist, Rachel Argyll, is murdered at her family estate, her adopted son Jack is arrested for her murder. He vehemently protests his guilt and eighteen months later, the identity of the murder is thrown in doubt. Now it is up to the rest of the family to decipher a killer amongst them.
In Ordeal By Innocence, based on the best-selling Agatha Christie novel, an aristocratic family begins to rebuild their life after their matriarch was brutally murdered, old wounds reopen when a man turns up to provide an alibi for the convicted killer: Jack. With Jack’s name cleared, the family realizes the murderer is still out there and may be one of them.
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I could only stomach twelve minutes of this over produced, overly melodramatic massacre of Agatha Christie's story. This falls into the trap of almost everything I've seen being dramatized these days. The productions look great. But the stories are manipulated with an incredible amount of attention being paid to modern sensibilities. Revisionist dramatizations. Holds no appeal for me. This was an insult to intelligent viewers and a slap in the face of the memory of Agatha Christie.
If you have never read the Agatha Christie story before, or indeed any of her books/movies before, you will probably enjoy this story. It is, indeed, a Gothic tale. The acting and the settings are quite good. What upsets me so much is that it in no way tells the story written by Agatha Christie! Characters are different, the murderer is different, etc. I'll never understand why, if a book is found to be so good that it must be made into a movie, it must be completely changed! I grew up reading Agatha Christie books and I must've read each of her books 20+ times. I have found very few of the movies made from these books to be loyal to the actual story.
Why are all these remakes of what was a classic mystery butchered by today's movie makers?! And a better question is why does Agatha Christie's family allow this to be done to her great stories?! The remake of "Death on the Nile" had an incestuous relationship between a mother and her son. That was not in the book! I saw a version of "Ordeal by Innocence" and it was a Miss Marple mystery! I just can't believe that these actors lowered themselves to be in this horrible remake! Agatha's probably rolling over in her grave!
As a huge Agatha Christie fan I am always excited to see the source material filmed I am also what one might call a purist. Lately there have been a number of adaptations like the Poirot series and the Marple stories For the most part they stick to the source but may add a few nuances that were not in the book but they actually enhance the story In Ordeal By Innocence the writers have chosen to completely rewrite this series Yes the characters are the same . The acting superb especially Bill Nyc and Mathew Goode but I felt like I was sinking down the rabbit hole because everything was different . Even the killer is different.Had I not been an Agatha fan I would have thoroughly enjoyed this adaptation if one could even call it that! I’m not sure Dame Agatha would be happy with this version.
This is NOT even an Agatha Christie movie, Based on any version of her work! I only wanted to see it because I like Bill Nighy who is a good actor. Too bad whoever wrote this story unconnected entirely with Christie and putting her name on it is drivel. It takes more than 3 hours to show a completely fake story devoid of plot, characters and what and why all this takes place. Christie would be Rolling in her grave over this one!
Don't waste your valuable time and life on this! If you want something good then either read or listen to Christie's Real Book. Or perhaps watch the Miss Marple version on here. At least, that gets much closer to the mark. Far and above better than this junk.
My problem with this series is the unrelenting grim and abusive tone from start to finish. Basically, two wealthy, horrific parents adopt a bunch of kids and raise them to be as screwed up as they are. Though in different ways: some are abusers and some enjoy being abused. If you're a fan of emotional and physical violence there's plenty here to relish. My question wasn't who done it but why they hadn't already murdered each other years before the film started.
Wardrobe and sets were superb. Music was uninspired with generic, menacing chord progressions. Acting was excellent all around. I didn't find an intelligent plot or any pacing. Because the grim drudge through the overlong series is unrelenting, there's no real emotion at the climax. Discovering the murderer is not the thing here. The director also seemed to see the limitations of the script because there were incessant flashbacks to exciting snippets whenever the present day plot got boring. Which was often.
This series is very similar in tone to the recent 'And Then There Were None' as well as the last three or four Hercule Poirot TV films with David Suchet. As an Amazon Prime member, I'm glad I didn't have to pay to watch this one.
I've read all Agatha Christie books and consider myself a purist, but the change in the story, and even the murderer made more sense to me (sorry Agatha!) Ordeal by Innocence is probably among my least favorite of her books but this series is excellent. It was so well acted I was actually shocked by whodunnit. Even when seeing the flashbacks of the murder happening, I kept thinking it was more red herrings as surely it could not be. But it was!
As an aside, this is the first time watching any of the adaptations where The Mommy Dearest character strongly reminded me of Angelina Jolie; the collecting of children etc
The only actor I was not fond of was the doctor chappie that played the nutter who was Jack's alibi. He played pretty much the same character in the penny dreadful series and i couldnt stand him in that either.