Death On The Nile Official Trailer Reveals A Suspenseful Murder Mystery
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Death On The Nile Official Trailers Reveals A Suspenseful Murder Mystery

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BY December 23, 2021

One of the holdovers from the Fox and Disney merger is finally going to see the light of day. But to be fair, it’s not just the merger, but also the pandemic that affected the release of Death On The Nile. The sequel to the Agatha Christie novel adaptation, Death On The Orient Express, features a star-studded cast. The long-awaited sequel is now finally getting a release, along with a new trailer that features more of the story. Take a look at my Death On The Nile official trailer breakdown to see if this will be one of the movies in 2022 to get excited for.

The Murder Mystery That Knives Out Homaged

Death On The Nile Official Trailer Gadot. Image via 20th Century Studios.

Agatha Christie’s novels set the template for the murder mystery genre of TV and movies. Shows like the recent Only Murders In The Building can trace its inspirations back to Christie’s novels. However, it was a little odd seeing a genuine adaptation of a murder mystery so soon while Knives Out is still fresh in our minds. Rian Johnson very much homaged the genre with his subversion of it, even citing Christie as an inspiration. Even Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc character was a Southern twist on the French detective of Hercule Poirot, played in the Death On The Nile official trailer by Kenneth Branagh. I’m not sure how Death On The Nile is going to go down, given that the tone and seriousness of it is exactly what Johnson almost ridiculed or satire in Knives Out.

Death On The Nile Official Trailer Is Full Of Tension

Death On The Nile Official Trailer Cast. Image via 20th Century Studios.

The official trailer for Death On The Nile is more story than the previous teaser. The last footage we saw was more of a sizzle reel of the full cast. However, in this trailer, the real story comes out, and it’s just as tense. Newlyweds Gal Gadot and Russell Brand’s characters board a cruise on the Nile with a bunch of other people, when the unthinkable happens! A murder! Enter famed detective Poirot, to investigate the murder where everyone is a suspect!

It’s the typical murder-mystery trope where everyone has a motive, and the hits just keep on coming as the story unravels and the plot thickens. The trailer doesn’t show who exactly bit the dust first, but it’s safe to say that everyone is fair game. Especially in a movie that is so heavy on the cast.

The Cast In Death On The Nile Official Trailer Is Superb

Death On The Nile Official Trailer Branagh. Image via 20th Century Studios.

While the movie itself feels a little too familiar and it’s hard to invest in, the cast is undeniably great. Leading the cast are Gadot, Brand and Branagh along with Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey (Sex Education), Letitia Wright, Annette Bening and Bollywood’s own Ali Faizal. It’s a movie where everyone could be the bad guy or could be the killer’s next victim, so probably best not to get too attached.

However, it’s difficult to gauge whether or not Death On The Nile is going to succeed at the box office. Knives Out was great because it wasn’t afraid to get a little silly with the genre, whereas this seems a very serious and straightforward adaptation. Good thing we won’t have to wait too late to find out.

Death On The Nile releases on February 11, 2022.

Are you excited for this sequel and novel adaptation? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image via 20th Century Studios.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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