Robert McCall vs Train

Robert has returned but he won’t be able to do much of anything against Train. Train is an experienced assassin who not only has super speed but an amazing gun that is virtually unbreakable. He can even use the gun to deflect bullets. The problem for Robert here is really that Train’s barely even human when it comes to his stats. He can move faster than the eye can see. Robert is at a huge disadvantage right from the jump and no matter how hard he tries to concentrate on finding a good outcome, it just won’t happen. Train wins.

Yūri (Megalo Box) vs Train

Yuri’s done well so far but now it’s time for him to take a loss. Train is an exceptional hand to hand combatant in his own right and his superior speed would make this an easy win. Yuri can take on other boxers no problem, but taking on Train is a completely different story. Train could also take out his gun and win that way, but at a matter of honor I think he’d take this in close quarters combat. Train wins.

Nathan Algren vs Train

Nathan Algren is a pretty good fighter and not someone that you want to mess with. If he gets close to his target then that is usually game over for the opponent. Still, Train is a lot faster than any human so this wouldn’t apply to him and what’s more, he has the Railgun which covers the long range options. Nathan can’t escape and he can’t outfight Train. It’s over for him. Train wins.

Suki vs Train

Suki is a skilled fighter and one who should not be underestimated in close quarters combat. However, Train is an expert martial artist as well so we shouldn’t overlook that. He has the massive speed advantage here and his Railgun also gives him the edge in long range as well. When pit against such an overwhelming opponent I just don’t see what Suki can do to stay in the fight. She is simply outmatched here. Train wins.

Sulley vs Train

Sulley has returned but he is up against a master marksman. Train never misses his target and Sulley isn’t all that quick as it is. These two factors will result in a very easy win for Train. He certainly hasn’t gotten rusty as the years have gone by. Train even has the legendary Rail Gun that he can whip out if absolutely necessary but I don’t think he will need it. He could win this fight without even using his gun. Train wins.

Roland Deschain vs Train

Roland Deschain has returned, but his luck won’t be quite as good as it was the first time around. He’ll have his hands full trying to take on Train and I just don’t think he has the skills to pull this off. Train will have his way with Roland rather quickly and his Railgun will completely end the fight. Roland has no defense against it and isn’t fast enough to dodge either. Train wins.

Haruo Sakaki vs Train

Haruo Sakaki has finally joined the blog, but this soldier is about to be outgunned right off the bat. Train has the superior tech not to mention that he is a lot faster and stronger than Sakaki. Train has surpassed the limits of the human body and is a master at close quarters combat. Sakaki would be lucky to even block one of Train’s hits before he goes down since he is much slower than this gunman. Train wins.

Murder on the Orient Express Review

It’s time for a mystery thriller from Agatha Christie. And Then There Were None is still her best work as it’s a perfect example of how a murder thriller should go. While this one couldn’t quite match that master piece, it’s a very solid film and one that you should add to your repertoire. With all of the suspects boxed in on the train, it’s the perfect scenario for Detective Poirot. Still, he’ll have to work fast since the snow won’t last forever.

Poirot was enjoying a very peaceful train ride and was off duty for a change. He hadn’t expected to have any problems, but then a dead body is found. He quickly begins to deduce that there was something more to the victim than it would appear. Poirot also decides to interview all of the suspects and there were certainly a bunch. First is Harriet, a bold woman who loves to voice her opinions and is constantly chattering. She has something to say about everything so it is difficult to actually find out what she knows. Next is Hector, the secretary of the deceased. He is fairly mild mannered and always nervous. Then there’s Beddoes, a seemingly perfect butler who is always ready to answer politely. He was close to the deceased and delivers the nightly wine. Princess Natalia may be rather old, but that would also make it easier for her to do something while staying inconspicuous. She has a maid named Hildegarde who has served the master faithfully for many years so maybe it was all for this moment. Diplomat Rudolf and his wife Elena appear to be rather quiet for most of the journey. Rudolf does blow up whenever someone talks to him though so are his nerves cracking or are they both quiet because they know something? Mary, the teacher is around as well and her scholarly knowledge could be sinister. The Missionary Greta always seems rather timid and doesn’t know English too well, but is it all an act? There’s also Antonio, a car salesman and one of the only reasonable people here. He’s loud and bold and certainly isn’t nervous like the rest of the passengers. He’s ready to help the country and that could be suspicious. Finally, there’s the actor Cyrus. He always seems to fade into the background and that may not be an accident. We also can’t forget Poirot’s friend Signor. Sometimes friends aren’t as innocent as they appear to be. Poirot has a lot of suspects to flip through so this’ll be tough.

I love a good mystery and the whole film is about that. Poirot’s interrogation of every member is pretty fun as he grills them. Since most of the riders are either lying or hiding something, it really does make his job very difficult. The only co-operative guy was the car salesman who also happened to be the best character in the film. It’s no coincidence as I was glad to see someone being at least a little co-operative. Perhaps he was a little too eager so that makes him suspicious as well, but something to think about for sure.

The pacing is pretty tight here. The opening which shows a crime in progress is fairly short. It just gives you enough time to see each of the characters and then we are quickly taken to the train. Once at the train, it never feels like the movie is dragging on. While the mystery doesn’t start immediately, it gives you a chance to learn about each of the characters and gauge the reactions of each when things finally start. Naturally in any good thriller, you know not to pay too much attention to the reactions though. The guilty party is typically an expert and can feign any reaction somehow.

I was pretty satisfied with the ending. It’s not really a cop-out or anything like that. It’s probably not an ending I would want to see all that much as it would then start to feel like one, but done sparingly like this it works well enough. We’ll see if you can end up guessing what happened.

The underlying story in the prologue is fairly dark, but fortunately the film doesn’t go into it much. It was handled optimally as you know enough to understand the situation, but the film doesn’t go over details or try too hard for the edgy angle. It’s something that I hope the modern remake is taking notes on. The writing is quite good as you likely have suspected. I don’t know how strict of an adaption it was from the book, but I suspect that the writing is rather similar. All of the characters are sophisticated and it makes for multi layered dialogue as a characters says one thing and means the other. It results in everyone trying to manipulate one another.

If there’s one character who’s rather annoying (Aside from the guy who died rather instantly) it would be the missionary who has a hard time speaking English. Her scene dragged on for quite a while and it can be hard to get what she is saying. Moreover, it feels like what she is saying doesn’t actually matter. I’m sure it was relevant in some way as Poirot explained everything at the end and went into great detail with each member. It was probably relevant, but it didn’t feel like it was and I forget what part of it helped solve the case. I would have chopped that scene a little. Still, that’s really my only complaint with the film so you can tell that this is quite a solid one.i

Overall, The mystery genre is a tough one. I personally think it is one of the toughest ones to write and maybe it is The toughest one. Coming up with a good mystery sounds difficult and that’s probably why I enjoy reading them so much. It may be the best genre next to action, but it’s one that has to be handled delicately. Case Closed is an example of an excellent one. The only pitfall that they have is that the mystery only works once. They don’t have much replay value because when you watch it again, you already know the ending. It’s why the remake coming up should tread carefully. Granted, you won’t actually know if it’s the same ending until you’re at the end of the film so maybe it won’t matter all that much. Regardless, if you haven’t seen this film, I’d suggest changing that right away. It’s aged quite well and makes for an engaging watch.

Overall 8/10

Train vs Mami Tomoe

Mami Tomoe and Train are both exceptional fighters with guns. They won’t miss a target no matter how far away you place it. That being said, Train’s lightning fast agility allowed him to dash past a crowd and to his target in the blink of an eye. It was an incredible feat and not one that I believe Mami could match. She has a lot of durability and can tank a lot of damage, but her crystal is a pretty big target for Train. He won’t miss the decisive shot. Train wins.

Update 8 7 2020 Mami’s speed makes this fight a quick one. Mami Tomoe wins.

Xavier Quinn vs Train

Xavier Quinn may be skilled with a gun, but Train is a master with it. He can hit a target from any angle with any kind of gun. Train also has super speed and can take out skilled opponents without any equipment. Xavier Quinn wouldn’t last a second against such a person and there is a reason why Train is known as one of the best marksmen in all of media. His skills simply speak for themselves and he’ll never lose a gunfight. Train wins.