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Drama - Crime

Death on the Nile (2022)

Duration2h 7m
RatingsUK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 12 
Source of story A 1937 novel by Agatha Christie
DirectorKenneth Branagh
Writers/ScriptMichael Green
StarringKenneth Branagh, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okenedo, Gal Gadot, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Rose Leslie, Jeniffer Saunders, Dawn French, Russell Brand, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.6/10 by 14,662 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 63% by 216 reviewers. Review2view: 6/10.

Elevator Pitch: Hercule Poirot is breakfasting out in the desert at the pyramids of Giza, when he sees his old friend Bouc. Bouc invites him to a wedding celebration for Simon Doyle and heiress Linnet Ridgeway. Poirot has earlier witnessed the first meeting between the two, introduced by Simon’s then lover, Jackie de Bellefort. Because Jackie has been stalking the new couple the party embark on a Nile River steamer, the Karnak, but when it gets to Abu Simbel Jackie joins the ship and tensions are raised. Simon and Linnet are due to leave the ship the following morning, but instead Linnet is shot dead, and further deaths follow. Poirot is on the case and it turns out that nearly all the guests have a motive – and an alibi.

Content: There is no nudity or sex, but at one point people dance together in an particularly sensual manner. Some drinking of champagne. We see a bit of Poirot back story as he gets blown up in WWI and is facially scarred, resulting in his moustache. He always seems to be about to see some of the characters interacting, and later we find out why. Once on the ship which is seen to be on the Nile the passengers socialise, and we see the tensions and interactions of the guests. After the shooting Poirot interviews everybody more or less one at a time.

A View: The trailer looked great, and I was looking forward to seeing this art deco outing but was disappointed, despite the terrific cast.  Somehow the characters never seemed to be very important so when people started to be killed we could not really care about them, nor did it seem important when Poirot identified the killer/s.  The ship never quite seemed real, although I could not put my finger on why, apart from the way it was tied up. So despite its shiny exterior not really a watch if you have to pay to do so.

Who Done Its are not all that popular today, since most scripts seem to require us to follow the villains, however here are three. The Limehouse Golem, Sherlock Holmes and of course Murder on the Orient Express. 

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