This unstoppable technical detail that allows you to identify the killer in Knives Out in the blink of an eye

This unstoppable technical detail that allows you to identify the killer in Knives Out in the blink of an eye
This unstoppable technical detail that allows you to identify the killer in Knives Out in the blink of an eye

The evening of Sunday May 12, 2024 may well be a dilemma. While TF1 is on Death on the Nile (2022), with Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, France 2 offers another thriller with At Knives Out. Both films are broadcast at 9:10 p.m. If you opt for the second option, prepare to investigate with an exceptional cast: Daniel Craig, in the role of Benoit Blanc, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Toni Collette and Katherine Langford (main actress of the hit series 13 Reasons Why). The story is this, Harlan Thrombey, author of detective novels, is found dead in his office the day after his 85th birthday. On site to determine what happened, detective Benoit Blanc will discover that numerous tensions fueled the dead man’s last evening. As he investigates, you, the viewer, can quickly guess who committed the crime. How ? Tele-Leisure explains to you.

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THE whodunnit is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling cinematic genres. Because, for the duration of a film, the viewer is in the shoes of an investigator. He keeps his eyes open, analyzes the clues, questions the motivations of the different protagonists and expresses suspicions. All this to be surprised at the end by a huge twist. But what if we told you that the murderer often reveals himself in the first minutes of the film? When the feature film was released in theaters in 2019, director Rian Johnson (to whom we owe Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi), gave an interview to Vanity Fair. “I don’t know if I should say that, because it’s going to be a problem for me in the next mystery movie I’m writing. But anyway, it’s very interesting. Apple lets us use iPhones in the movies but, and that’s very important if you’re watching an investigative film, the bad guys can’t have iPhones on screen.” A detail that ultimately isn’t one because, if you pay attention to it during the film, you will very quickly identify the culprit… at the risk of spoiling the fun! “Any director who wants to keep the identity of their villain a secret in their movie is going to want to kill me now.”quips the director.

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At Knives Out, a success for Rian Johnson

This information had been more widely explored by our colleagues from Figaro in 2020. “Apple is regularly cited as being the company that practices the most product placement in American box office successes. The American giant generally shares first place each year with Mercedes, Coca-Cola or Sony”, they explained. And it seems that this desire to exclude negative characters from the promotion of its products is not new. “Several media outlets report an old report from Wired magazine, in the early 2000s, on the series 24 Heures Chrono. According to this magazine, only the ‘nice guys’ had their MacBook”. If Apple did not wish to comment on this statement, it is difficult not to believe Rian Johnson who potentially toughened his work regarding brand product placements in films for the future, by revealing this confidential information… However, after the success ofAt Knives Outwhich collected more than $310 million at the global box office and attracted more than a million spectators to French theaters, he is working on a sequel released in 2022: Glass Onion: A History at Knives Out. Once you have solved the mystery of the first part, there is no doubt that you will be very attentive to the brand of the characters’ smartphones in the second. Keep your eyes peeled!

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