Death on the Nile is a mystery drama film in which Hercule Poirot must investigate the murder of a young heiress.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh (Murder on the Orient Express; Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit; Thor; Sleuth; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) from a screenplay written by Michael Green (Jungle Cruise; Murder on the Orient Express; Blade Runner 2049; Logan; Green Lantern) based on the novel by Agatha Christie.
The movie stars Kenneth Branagh, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders and Letitia Wright.
The peace and tranquillity that was temporarily existent on the S.S. Karnak is abruptly ended after one of the passengers is found murdered. Renowned Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is entrusted with the important task of identifying which one of the passengers is the killer before they strike again…
“Branagh and Gadot’s characters are ably fleshed-out […] There’s little in the way of vituperative envy in the potential villains, little the viewer can invest in as we try to deduct from what we and Poirot observe and take in. That adds up to a Death on the Nile that never lets us forget its quality and attention to detail, but forgets to be much in the way of fun.” Movie Nation
“Part of the fun besides trying to figure out which character is on their last sea legs, also Poirot seems to have an ulterior motive for being there. All the characters are well-drawn. Almost all of them have pocket mysteries before the real fun begins. While they may be red herrings, they offer intriguing possibilities that keep the viewer guessing.” 3.5/5, Ready Steady Cut
“It’s a lot more fun to see Poirot in vigorous investigative mode, accusing each suspect and watching them squirm under his insinuations. The sleuth even gets to participate in a full-throttle, engagingly gratuitous chase sequence […] Once things get moving, it’s smooth sailing to the double-shocker of a denouement. By the end of this entertaining voyage, a slow start can easily be forgiven.” Slant
Death on the Nile is set to be theatrically released on February 11, 2022, by 20th Century Studios. Its release has previously been delayed several times since its original planned release date of December 20, 2019.
Hercule Poirot: “The romance of the desert has the power to seduce. I ask you: have you ever loved so much, been so possessed by jealousy, that you might kill?”
Hercule Poirot: “The crime is murder. The murderer is one of you. I have investigated many crimes, but this has altered the shape of my soul. I am detective Hercule Poirot, and I will deliver your killer.”
Cast and characters:
Gal Gadot … Linnet Ridgeway Doyle
Sophie Okonedo … Salome Otterbourne
Kenneth Branagh … Hercule Poirot
Rose Leslie … Louise
Armie Hammer … Simon Doyle
Emma Mackey … Jacqueline de Bellefort
Letitia Wright … Rosalie Otterbourne
Annette Bening … Euphemia
Jennifer Saunders … Marie Van Schuyler
Tom Bateman … Bouc
Russell Brand … Doctor Bessner
Adam Garcia … Syd
Dawn French … Mrs Bowers
Ali Fazal … Andrew Katchadourian
Rick Warden … Monsieur Blondin
Crispin Letts … First Officer Besner
Rhiannon Clements … Hotel Administrator
Victor Alli … Marc Yves
Nadine Leon Gobet … Mademoiselle Blondin
Aswan, Cairo and Luxor, Egypt
Longcross Studios, Chobham Lane, Longcross, Surrey, England