Rent Knives Out (2019)

3.8 of 5 from 611 ratings
2h 5min
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Synopsis:
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. 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.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson
Writers:
Rian Johnson
Studio:
Lionsgate Films
Genres:
Drama, New Releases, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/03/2020
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder Featurette
  • Meet the Thrombeys Viral Ads
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/03/2020
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary
  • In Theatre Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making a Murder: 113 Minute Multi-Part Documentary
  • Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder Featurette
  • Director and Cast Q&A
  • Meet the Thrombeys Viral Ads
BBFC:
Release Date:
30/03/2020
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary
  • In Theatre Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Making a Murder: 113 Minute Multi-Part Documentary
  • Rian Johnson: Planning the Perfect Murder Featurette
  • Director and Cast Q&A
  • Meet the Thrombeys Viral Ads

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Reviews (8) of Knives Out

Entertaining whodunnit - Knives Out review by HH

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02/04/2020

Very enjoyable, convoluted story. All the actors are great, but who decided to give the detective (Daniel Craig) a southern American accent. He made a real hash of it and it spoiled my enjoyment of the story. It was completely unnecessary, he could have been English for all it mattered to the story. If it doesn't grate on you all the way through, it's a good film.

3 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

Superb Whodunnit - Knives Out review by CS

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Updated 17/04/2020

A superb cast delivers this complex whodunnit in a light, entertaining and even amusing way. Never taking itself too seriously,  'Knives Out' serves up a highly engaging take on a good, old fashion murder mystery. A must see. 

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Utterly Brilliant who done it - Knives Out review by AL

Spoiler Alert
16/04/2020

Ok, so first off Daniel Craig's accent takes a little while to get used to, in fact my wife couldn't get used to it and left the room. But once you get past that, it's a real treat. Gripping all the way through, with many twists and turns and surprises. I'd love to live in the house where it is set. I wouldn't say no to a sequel of some sorts. Great cast as well and a different role for Michael Shannon, from the films I've seen him in. I'd heard it was good, but this was excellent.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Knives Out review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is a love letter to murder mysteries. The director clearly has a passion for the genre, taking the medium and toying with all its quirks and spinning a wild tale of the whodunnit. What makes a great mystery work? After many a BBC series and countless Agatha Christie adaptations, I’ve come to the conclusion what counts most is the colorful characters and genuine spirit of surprise. On this level, Knives Out succeeds greatly.

Johnson wastes no time plunging us right into the juicy bits of this mystery. The very first scene showcases the aged Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) dead. His death has initially ruled a suicide. But Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), armed with a Southern drawl, suspects foul play. The murder occurred just before the end of Harlan’s birthday with all his friends and relatives gathered in the house. Many have much to gain from his passing. The suspects include the cocky Hugh "Ransom" Drysdale (Chris Evans), the bitter Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis), the conservative Richard Drysdale (Don Johnson), the liberal Joni Thrombey (Toni Collette), the desperate Walter "Walt" Thrombey (Michael Shannon), and the caretaker Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas). Who could be behind such a scheme?

The film goes about weaving its twisty murder plot via flashbacks, tight editing, and biting dialogue. This is a very slick murder mystery that doesn’t waste our time by slowly establishing our characters before the murder occurs. We arrive at the case the same way Detective Benoit does, piecing it together from the interviews with the family. The entire first-act plays out as a darkly comedic Rashomon of spinning lies about their recollection of events and their feud with Harlan. Walt works alongside Harlan for his publishing business but can’t do much else and doesn’t know what he’ll do if he doesn’t have that business. Joni has spending problems and with a kid in an expensive school, she desperately needs some money for the long haul. Essentially, everyone is facing hard times and are counting on Harlan’s will to solve their problems. To them, it doesn’t matter who murdered Harlan so long as they get paid and maintain their lifestyles.

I’ll try to refrain from explaining too much more of the plot if only to maintain the brilliance in the twisty story that takes several turns. What I can say is that this ensemble cast is in top form. I absolutely adored Crain trying to put on a bayou accent in his dissection of the crime, always approaching each conversation with a dry charm that just melts my heart. Michael Shannon is such a great actor at seeming both intimidating and mad, trying to not show that crazy side behind those big eyes as he stammers towards stability. Ana de Armas gives off a chipper vibe despite being the quietest voice in the room with a quirk that is equal parts cute and gross. Chris Evans, having spent a lot of time as the stoic Captain America, really cuts loose in a role where he delights in watching his family rip each other to shreds. And the political back and forth between Collette and Johnson is a brilliantly savaging of a family bickering amongst itself.

Knives Out is a sinisterly sharp mystery. It never backs off from going the extra length of writing. When the characters get into politics, they go in hard (trigger warning for the Trump-loving folks). When staging the flashbacks, the editing is fast-paced enough to never bore and keep us engaged. It’s such a wild ride that by the time one discovers the true murderer of this plot, there’s far too much fun that a second viewing is all but guaranteed.

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