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Knives Out

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Opening Date
28 Nov 2019
NC16 Some Drug Use and Coarse Language
140 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Drama, Mystery
Rian Johnson
Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette
KNIVES OUT is a fresh, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. Directed by Rian Johnson (LOOPER and STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI), the film tells of how Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate the death of Harlan Thrombey. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT keeps audiences guessing until the very end.
By Abel Teo  30 Nov 2019
Knives Out is one joy-ride that you must get on, especially for fans of murder-mystery.
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Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is a best-selling mystery writer celebrating his 85th birthday with his friends and family. His family comprises of his eldest daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) her husband Morris Bristow (Don Johnson) and their son Ransom (Chris Evans), Harlan’s son Walt (Michael Shannon) and his son Jacob, another daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Colette) and her daughter Meg. The only outsider considered ‘family’ is Marta (Ana de Armas), Harlan’s nurse who religiously administers his medication and looks after his well-being as a de facto confidant. As life would mirror the fiction he writes, Harlan winds up being discovered with his throat cut in the attic the next morning, bloody and very dead.

The police thinks its suicide but private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) has been mysterious summoned to investigate the case. What ensues is a web of who said what and the entire family beings to fall apart as secrets are exposed and dirty laundry aired, as the knives come out. Central to the drama is Marta, who suffers from a condition that ensures her honesty as she pukes whenever she tells a lie. What does that tell you? Delicious.

Director Rian Johnson, after the controversial and less than stellar Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is in his element writing and directing this Agatha Christie-esque whodunit that is delightfully vicious and campy to watch, as the actors dig into their lines and run along with the suspense, with jokes and cultural references that are ingeniously weaved into the story. While it could be tighter, the story is well written and the end product is one that moves along without feeling bogged down by unnecessary dialogues or self-aggrandising visuals. You discover something each and every turn.

Post-James Bond, Daniel Craig is a smug drawling and almost dowdy caricature of Sherlock Holmes and Poirot, relishing in the role which doesn’t require him to look suave and debonair. He is some times intimidating, and comical otherwise. The other veterans like Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Colette sharpened their chops as much as they could playing to great aplomb the various characters needed to complete the mystery. After all, in a mystery like this, characters tend to be labeled as they are in the promotional materials.

Dear Captain America looked like he was tired of being a super-hero here. Rude and as much as a jerk that he can be, Chris Evans tried to avoid being typecast (still the role required him to look handsome). In this respect, he’s barely likeable, or should I say, dislikable. Wait, I’m confused.

Without the need to go into too many details, Knives Out is one joy-ride that you must get on, especially for fans of murder-mystery. You just need to hold on tight to your seat as it increasingly accelerates towards the end with you chuckling to yourself.
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By Flora  27 Nov 2019
Director Rian Johnson attempts a whodunit genre, told in an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery film that is just pure fun escapist entertainment. 
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While most murder mystery films leave you hanging on who the culprit is, Knives Out takes on a slightly different turn - by revealing the murderer within an hour into the film. Right from the get-go, we know that the patriarch, Harlan (Christopher Plummer), a widely successful mystery novelist had passed away. It seems that Harlan has killed himself with a knife in his room, but to prove that his death wasn’t premeditated, a private investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) was called in to investigate, along with two detectives tied to this case. 

All of the family members of the Thrombey clan are called in for an investigation, taking turns to speak with the detectives on their knowledge of the family’s death. As each of them recounts their side of their story, more information surrounding the death and possible culprits start to emerge. And that’s when fingers start to point at one another, causing siblings to quarrel and argue about their father’s inheritance. 

Knives Out stars some of the biggest royalty whos-who in Hollywood - each adding a layer to a quirky ensemble of misfits and miscreant - from Chris Evans’ cocky attitude to Toni Collette’s vocal fry. What makes an ensemble piece so nice to watch on the big screen is when the actors are committed to their work and this is an example where you see that the actors are committed throughout, and are all in on the joke. Perhaps because of the star power from this cast, there is a limited time for each to shine, having their close-ups in the movie, it’ll be nice to see more of these actors like Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis and even Katherine Langford. 

The sharpness of the script, which includes rather impressive one-liners, is filled with sarcasm and knowing when to weave in-and-out of possibilities as each character is crossed out of the suspects' list via elimination methods. For a film like this, it is essential to have twists and turns, especially when it comes to the final reveal. For Knives Out, because the murderer has already been revealed half-way through the film, it lets audiences in on a guessing game as to what will be the eventual big twist that will satisfy moviegoers of this particular genre. 

Knives Out is a flamboyant take on the murder mystery genre that doesn’t shy away from deeper and sensitive topics like immigrants, bullying and corruption. While this can be seen as the fight of the riches - aka Singapore Social - Johnson, however, puts the fun in this. 
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