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The Mystery Crime Drama Film ‘Death on the Nile’ Is Based On 1937 Novel

In this follow up to Branagh’s adaptation of the classic whodunit mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express, he will be joined by a new all-star cast in Death On The Nile. The film is based on a 1937 Novel. Death on the Nile is a follow up to Branagh’s adaptation of the classic whodunit mystery novel Murder on the Orient Express. In addition to directing, starring and writing, he also composed much of its score with his frequent collaborator Patrick Doyle. The strangest thing about Death on the Nile is that its plot is based on an earlier work by whodunit legend Agatha Christie. Not only does Christie’s novel share the same name as this new Branagh production, but it’s also a mystery set on a luxurious cruise ship along the Nile River. And with so many similarities, it’s hard not to make a connection. This movie follows Poirot as he investigates a murder aboard ship during its trip from Egypt to England. Like most mysteries, not every passenger has what it takes to pull off such an ingenious seemingly impossible crime and Poirot must work his magic in order to find out who did (or rather who didn’t) commit it.

Cast and Character:

  • Tom Bateman as Bouc
  • Annette Bening as Euphemia
  • Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot
  • Russell Brand as Linus Windlesham
  • Ali Fazal as Andrew Katchadourian
  • Dawn French as Mrs. Bowers
  • Gal Gadot as Linnet 
  • Armie Hammer as Simon Doyle
  • Rose Leslie as Louise Bourget
  • Emma Mackey as Jacqueline

Release Date:

The film was scheduled to be released on February 11th, 2022 in the United States and United Kingdom.

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What is the film about? 

Though this story was written by Agatha Christie, most people will know it from the American film Death on the Nile from 1978 starring Peter Ustinov as Poirot. The plot follows the same basic formula: a murder is committed aboard a luxury passenger ship and Poirot must solve it before they reach their destination. Because of this, these two films are difficult to talk about without comparing them to one another. Branagh’s Death on the Nile offers up great performances from a talented ensemble and also includes some funny moments as well as gorgeous cinematography by Haris Zambarloukos. Most of this film takes place in Egypt which shows off both its lands and waters in beautiful detail. But because it isn’t based on a new and original screenplay by Branagh, the plot isn’t as unique or interesting as his previous work. Death on the Nile should please fans of the novel, but won’t make much of an impact with general audiences.

What makes this film exciting ? 

As these mysteries go, Death on the Nile offers up one of the most interesting characters in Christie’s collection, that being Poirot himself. Despite having acted in every film ever made about him, his performances are still just as strong as ever. While he is one of the more difficult characters to actually play, Branagh is certainly up to the task and manages to deliver a suitably intimidating performance. Like usual, all those sets and locations look absolutely stunning and help make this movie feel like it really could have happened back in the day. This movie may not be able to completely keep up with Branagh’s previous movies but it still offers enough fun entertainment throughout.

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