The Death of The Nile Review: A New Murder Mystery

Based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 book of the same name, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Green’s 2022 mystery film Death on the Nile is directed by Branagh and written by Green. Branagh, Ridley Scott, Kevin J. Waltz, and Judy Hopeland. A sequel to Murder on the Orient Express, the movie (2017), starring Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Branagh, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Don Franz, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackie, Sophie Okonedo and Jennifer. Saunders, I don’t see. And Letitia Wright. Branagh and Bateman return in their first film to play Hercule Poirot and Book, respectively. 

This is the third film adaptation of Christie’s novel, following the 1978 film and the 2004 television series Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Principal photography began in September 2019 and was completed in December at Longcross Studios, UK.

The plot of The Death on The Nile 

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In World War I, young Hercule Poirot devised a strategy to raise a company of Belgian infantry, but the Bulbee ships foiled his plans. His fiancee, nurse Catherine, doesn’t flinch but says he’s growing a moustache to hide his scars. In 1937, Poirot saw blues singer Salome Otterborn perform in a London club. He notices that Jacqueline “Jackie” de Bellefort is with her fiance Simon Doyle. Jackie’s childhood friend, heiress Lynnette Ridgeway, soon arrives. After meeting Simon, Lynette agrees to hire him as a real estate agent. Six weeks later, Poirot meets his friend Buck and Buck’s mother, the artist Euphemia, in Egypt. The book invites Poirot to a hotel to celebrate the wedding of a stunning couple, Linnette and Simon. 

Others go on a honeymoon. Linnet’s maid, Louise Bourget; Salome and her niece and manager Rosalie, a school friend of Lynnette’s; Lynnette’s godmother, Marie Van Schuyler, and her assistant, Mrs Bowers; financial manager and Lynnette’s cousin Andrew Katchadourian; and Dr Linus Windsham. Linnet asks Poirot to protect the couple from the obsessive Jackie, who is following them in Egypt. Poirot can’t stop Jackie from showing that she has a gun.

Review of The Death on The Nile

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One of Agatha Christie’s most well-known books, Death on the Nile, is a murder mystery with a love, jealousy, and betrayal theme. As a storyteller, Kenneth Branagh strives to bring a well-known author’s work to life on the big screen. This delicate but sluggish effort is less honourable than his earlier work (Murder on the Orient Express, 2017). He makes a few adjustments, but nothing ever turns out in his favour. Branagh goes slowly, but his never-ending compositions will keep you interested. By the time he gets around to telling the tale, you won’t be willing to participate in or commit to his probe.

This movie is solid in terms of camera and performance. Ali Fazal plays a vital role and defines his character Andrew. It also completely removes the British accent. Gal Gadot brings life to an otherwise obscure adaptation. Armie Hammer’s extra dark makeup seems excessive, but the entire ensemble cast works well, and that’s not a problem here. The opening scene, a sensual dance sequence, was shot beautifully. The camera follows the couple’s jealousy on the dance floor—sexual tension like passion, sweat and shadows.

Box Office Details

Box Office Details

As of May 8, 2022, Death on the Nile has grossed $45.6 million in the United States and Canada and $91.6 million elsewhere, for a worldwide total of $137.3 million.

In North America, Death of the Nile grossed between $11 million and $17 million in 3,280 theatres in its opening weekend, along with Marry Blacklight and Me. 


The film won the box office $12.9 million.51% of those who came to the film’s premiere were men, and 28% were over 45 years old. By racial breakdown of the audience, 57% of participants were white, followed by Hispanic and Latino (15%), African American (13%), and Asian or other (15%). It earned $6.6 million in its second weekend and $4.5 million in its third weekend, placing it in fourth place twice. 


In its fourth, fifth, and sixth weekends, the film grossed $2.75 million, $2.4 million, and $1.65 million, respectively. In its seventh weekend, the film dipped somewhat at the box office, coming in 11th place with $630,520. The film grossed $20.7 million in its opening weekend in 47 foreign markets, excluding the United States and Canada. The film premiered in China on February 19, 2022. It made a weak debut in Korea, ranking fourth with $5.9 million behind three Chinese classics. 


The film grossed $19.8 million in its second weekend overseas, including at the Chinese box office. In its third weekend, it crossed the $100 million mark globally, adding another $10.6 million in 47 markets. The following weekend, they earned $5.1 million, $3 million, $1.6 million, and $5.1 million.