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Death On The Nile (2022)

After escaping death by a falling boulder during a stop on their tour of the Nile, Linnet is later found murdered by a gunshot to the head. Jackie is the prime suspect because the murder weapon was her own .22 caliber gun, but Mrs. Bowers had been tending to her overnight. As Poirot interrogates the other passengers, Louise is found murdered as well. Poirot interrogates Bouc since he had stolen Linnet's jewel necklace and planted it in his mother's room to frame her so he can be with Rosalie in peace. Before Bouc can reveal who he had seen that killed Louise, he is murdered as well.

Death on the Nile (2022)

Poirot locks the guests in the bar as he comes to deduce that the killers are none other than Simon and Jackie. Jackie was the mastermind, having planned from the beginning for Simon to marry Linnet and inherit her wealth after her death. Simon shot Linnet with Jackie's gun, and Jackie killed Louise since she witnessed the murder and tried to extort her, then later killed Bouc before she could reveal her identity. Jackie kills herself and Simon by shooting him through the back so the bullet would hit her too.

Parents need to know that Death on the Nile is based on Agatha Christie's same-named mystery novel and is a follow-up to 2017's Murder on the Orient Express. The central figure is a glamorous heiress (Gal Gadot) who marries her best friend's fiancé (Armie Hammer). Racy moments include passionate kissing, references to sex, and the honeymooning couple grinding against each other while fully clothed. As the movie's title suggests, there's a good deal of murder in the story (involving knives and guns), and while it's all meant to shock and startle, only one death is accompanied by blood and packed with emotion. Suicidal ideation and behavior are present, and there's a flashback to wartime battlefield violence and a close-up of a grisly wound (accompanied by a positive message about acceptance). Characters drink throughout, and there are references to smoking. Women are portrayed as intelligent and shrewd, and supporting characters have been updated in a way that reflects a more diverse world than the one Christie wrote about.

Death on the Nile (2022) is a film adaptation of Agatha Chrisitie's novel of the same name produced from 2019 onwards. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and with a screenplay by Michael Green, its release was delayed by several years because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The film was finally released in February 2022.

In a location-based murder-mystery where it takes 30 minutes to get on the Nile and an hour before the first death, this does feel a teensy bit narratively extravagant. But Green and Branagh have a fair-enough reason: drawing us in closer to Poirot and digging beneath the vain, fussy, OCD-suffering surface. As a result, Nile feels far more personal than Orient Express, with much higher stakes. So it pays off, making this PCU (Poirot Cinematic Universe) entry much more satisfying and engaging than its predecessor.

The performances are all great. Branagh as Poirot himself of course. Once you accept that he's essentially a 'rebooted'/alternate universe take on the character, it's easy to accept him on his terms and stop comparing him mentally to the character from the books, or to David Suchet. Tom Bateman's return as Bouc is wonderful - he really gets to add depth to his character this time round, which of course makes his final fate and Poirot's reaction to it hit home all the more harder. Gal Gadot's take on Linnet Doyle is a lot more sympathetic than previous versions, and actually makes you care about her death and want the culprits punished. Emma Mackey and Armie Hammer put in great performances as Jacqueline and Simon Doyle too. Sophie Okonedo is a real revelation as this new, very different, take on Salome Otterbourne, and given how this film ends, I wouldn't be surprised if we see her show up in future installments as well.

Bouc's death was truly a shocking moment, perhaps the most emotionally impactful moment in an Agatha Christie adaptation yet. People may complain about deviating too much from the source material, but I do tend to agree with the school of thought that an adaptation can have some shock elements to surprise people familiar with the original story. Poirot hasn't really had to face tragedy in the Christie novels (well, apart from the tragedy of being forced to flee his country and become a refugee during war of course), so this is somewhat uncharted territory for the character. In the final denouement, we see Poirot being Poirot, but this is a Poirot who maybe doesn't want to be Poirot anymore, who can't bring himself to be as detached and rational about his case anymore since it involves the death of someone he genuienly cared for.

As of April 5, 2022 (2022-04-05)[update], Death on the Nile has grossed $45.4 million in the United States and Canada, and $90.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $136 million.[3] 041b061a72


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