Death on the Nile movie review - Aussieboyreviews


With a new cast, a cruise setting and an entertaining whodunnit lead by Hercule Poirot, this sequel beats its predecessor. Similar to the first film, Death on the Nile’s mystery is very effective and unique.


When the infamous detective Hercule Poirot enjoys a cruise on the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found dead. But will he be able to identify the culprit before they reach port?

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Movie details

Director: John Guillermin
Cast: Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow, Jane Birkin, Lois Chiles, Simon MacCorkindale,  Bette Davis, Jon Finch, Olivia Hussey, Angela Lansbury
Writer: Anthony Shaffer
Release Date (Australia): 25 October 2017
Runtime: 140 minutes/2h 20m
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama
Country: UK
Language: English, French

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains thematic elements relating to murder, as well as depictions of multiple murders and a suicide.

Violence (M)

The film contains a throat slitting and multiple depictions of shooting murders that are often accompanied by blood detail and bloody pooling.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains infrequent coarse language, including a single use of the word “bitch” and uses of “damn” and “hell”.

Nudity (G)

A group of young boys’ buttocks are briefly viewed as they pull their pants down and flash a woman.

Sex (PG)

There are mild verbal sex references throughout the film.

mpaa rating

PG (for an unknown reasoning)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This 70s adapted sequel of Agatha Christie’s whodunnit book takes a solid amount of time to forward into the actual murders and mysteries, but it’s always entertaining and on the edge of the seat. Again and obviously, the author deserves all the credit for the concept and unexpected twists she designed with inventive thought in her writing. Many say the book is usually better than the motion picture.

Death on the Nile follows the same famous detective, Hercule Poirot, but staged by a new actor and stranded on a boat out on the water. This time, he deals with a series of murders and tries to match the possibilities with the culprits of the crime. Peter Ustinov’s execution of this character is honestly kind of bland to begin with, but he is just exquisite during his detective-mode scenes. He’s a nearly perfect Hercule Poirot.

This film is also extremely entertaining. Especially considering the very long runtime, there’s never any slow sequences or sections that feel unnecessary, maybe other than some prolonged shots. Anthony Shaffer’s screenwriting features some truly epic dialogue. The shocking moments are done very well and fairly violently, too.

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