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Knives Out

Categories: [ TV/Cinema ]

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Harlan Thrombey, a rich mystery novelist dies on the evening of his 85th birthday. Despite the slit throat, the police concludes to a suicide. Private investigator Benoit Blanc is anonymously hired to investigate and discovers that each member of the family has motives for murder. Harlan's nurse Marta know what happens: she confused two bottles of medicine and accidentally injected him an overdose of morphine. To protect her and her illegal immigrant mother, Harlan tells her that he is going to commit suicide while she executes his plan: leave the house normally, come back in secret, disguise herself as him to be seen by a witness so as to create the illusion that he ist still alive after she has left, and leave again in secret. Marta cannot lie without vomiting, so she gives accurate but incomplete answers when questioned by Blanc, whom she assists in her investigation while concealing evidence that would incriminate her. Marta is then bequeathed Harlan's entire fortune, which enrages the family. Harlan's grandson Ransom pretends to help her, but manipulates her into confessing to him, blackmailing her for a share of the inheritance. Marta then receives a blackmail note indicating that the toxicology report of Harlan's death will reveal she killed him. She and Ransom drive to the medical examiner's office and discover it has burnt. She then receives an e-mail to meet the blackmailer. At the rendezvous, she discovers the Fran, the cook, drugged and tied to a chair. While Marta calls for help, Fran reveals where in the house a copy of the toxicology report is hidden. Caught up by Blanc, she confesses to him (although Ransom had already told him the story); as she caused Harlan's death, she cannot anymore inherit. Back at the house, the report shows that Harlan only had traces of morphine in his blood. Blanc reveals his deductions to the family: Ransom had swapped the contents of the medicine bottles to ensure that Marta would kill Harlan. But Marta still gave the correct medication because out of habit she identified the drugs by their viscosity and only later noticed the labels were wrong. Ransom then anonymously hired Blanc to expose Marta. As Fran saw Ransom tampering with the medication, she blackmailed him, and when he learned that Marta had not killed Harlan, he forwarded the blackmail note to her and burnt the medical examiner's office to destroy the evidence before overdosing Fran. Blanc and Marta manage to get Ransom to confess by pretending that Fran survived the overdose. He is then arrested for murder, Marta inherits Harlan's fortune, with no intend to share it with Harlan's children who were all more or less nasty to her.

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