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    'Knives Out' review: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans lift this Agatha Christie-type tale

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    Johnson, who has made several clever films, clearly knows how to stage a murder mystery.

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    Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is a detective who’s just as eclectic as the rest of the family.
    Film: Knives Out
    Genre: Drama
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    Director: Rian Johnson
    Cast: Daniel Craig,Chris Evans,Jamie Lee Curtis,Toni Collette,Christopher Plummer,Ana de Armas
    Rian Johnson’s 'Knives Out' is not only a thrilling crime drama, it’s also a good, old-fashioned whodunit, an Agatha Christie-type tale that had gone almost absent from cinema screens in recent times. Johnson, who has made several clever films since his neo-noir debut 'Brick' in 2005, clearly knows how to stage a murder mystery. Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), a bestselling mystery writer who doesn’t get along with his eclectic family, believes it would be a great idea to reunite them for his 85th birthday.

    Except, he’s found dead and the entire family is now a suspect. Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is a detective who’s just as eclectic as the rest of them. As he pulls at the strings, the family’s secrets come to light and mayhem unfolds.

    As a director, Johnson favours flashbacks, elaborate plot mechanics and reversals, which makes the plot somewhat clunky. But he makes up for it with a great finale. He’s also helped out by an all-star cast: Chris Evans is the playboy, the black sheep of the family; Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette are impressive as the daughter and daughter-in-law respectively. Meanwhile, caregiver Marta (Ana de Armas) is the breakthrough performer and provides the film with a chance to weigh in on the themes of class, privilege and immigration.



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