Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot’s vacation aboard a glamorous river steamer turns into a terrifying search for a murderer when a picture-perfect couple’s idyllic honeymoon is tragically cut short. Set against an epic landscape of sweeping Egyptian desert vistas and the majestic Giza pyramids, this tale of unbridled passion and incapacitating jealousy features a cosmopolitan group of impeccably dressed travelers, and enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
Derek (Guest Reviewer) – You would expect to see a ‘whodunit’ when you go to an Agatha Christie movie. And Kenneth Branagh’s encore as Hercule Poirot after “Murder on the Orient Express” delivers exactly that.
Agatha Christie’s original storyline is largely followed, with the inclusion of some new scenes and characters. Included is what motivated the change in Poirot’s style of moustache, departing from the well-groomed Albert Finney version of previous Poirot portrayals. And no, Branagh’s moustache was not inspired by “Corne & Twakkie”.
Essentially, the plot is the same as the original book, mostly taking place on the Nile paddle steamer “Karnak”. As the story progresses, a steady stream of corpses end up being stored in the ship’s walk-in refrigerator, alongside suspended hams and sides of beef. The bodies were later gift-wrapped and carried ashore at cruise destination.
To me, the real stars of the movie are the visual effects producers and set designers. Forget the plot, immerse yourself in the Egypt of 1937 that unfolds before you. It would be even more overwhelming viewed on IMAX. So, sit back and smell the crocodiles. 7/10
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