Keeps you guessing
THE Translators brings together a multi-national cast of characters for a literary whodunnit with enough twists and turns to satisfy any mystery fan.
Publisher Eric Angstrom (Lambert Wilson) has hired nine linguists to translate the final book in a blockbuster trilogy from French into their native language.
To maintain absolute secrecy they must hunker down in a luxury bunker, without phones or internet, and translate the manuscript a few pages at a time.
So when Angstrom receives an email saying the first 10 pages have been uploaded to the internet and there are more to follow if he does not pay a hefty ransom, he knows only one of the nine could have done it.
Much like Knives Out last year, The Translators sets out to have fun with the genre, playing around with the ingredients of a good mystery with archetypal characters and the enclosed setting.
Also similarly, halfway through it becomes more of a why-dunnit and the why of it is an intricate web of twists that will have you guessing right up to the last second.
As the tension increases, so does the melodrama, yet any Agatha Christie fan knows this is what makes the genre so enjoyable to watch.
But The Translators is also about the high stakes of the art and business of language, whether you are the one who writes it or sells it.