Death on the Nile: A New Blockbuster Based in Egypt (5 minute read)

(Last Updated On: June 14, 2022)

A brand new movie is coming out on 11 February 2022, set in 1930s Egypt. Death on the Nile is a sequel to the 2017 Kenneth Branagh film Murder on the Orient Express. It is based on an Agatha Christie novel of the same name and stars Branagh as legendary detective Hercule Poirot, who is forced to solve a murder when a luxury Nile cruise on the SS Karnak turns deadly. Also starring Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey, Gal Gadot, Rose Leslie, Jennifer Saunders, and Ali Fazal as a group of wealthy, glamorous travellers, it promises to be a thrilling watch, a classic whodunnit. And if you excuse all the murder, we think it’s a great advertisement to travel to Egypt. The movie boasts beautiful shots of the Nile, the Pyramids, and the majestic temple of Abu Simbel. Watch the trailer below and read on to find out more!

The premise

Life on the SS Karnak (named after the famous temple in Luxor) is good. Guests are relaxing in style, quaffing champagne, and enjoying the views of some of Egypt’s ancient wonders. But this tranquility is not to last when a passenger is found murdered. There are many with a motive. And famed detective Hercule Poirot must work out who the killer is before they strike again!

 

Egypt’s starring role

As you can see in the trailer, the cinematography in this film is beautiful, with Abu Simbel, in particular, forming a large part of the film’s backdrop. This famous temple of King Ramses II was relocated block-by-block in the 1960s. This was to protect it from rising water levels caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. But being set 30 years before this, the film shows Abu Simbel sitting on the shore of the Nile, in its original location. A huge replica of the temple was made for the filming, as was the model SS Karnak Nile cruiser.

We even get a glimpse of what the inside of Abu Simbel looks like. The shots are complete with the hieroglyphs that visitors to this incredible rock-cut temple can still see today. No expense has been spared on the production to ensure that it is as realistic as possible.

The temple of King Ramses II - Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel was relocated in the 1960s to protect it from the Aswan High Dam

Feluccas on the Nile

The shots also show multiple feluccas sailing alongside the SS Karnak. This is a very realistic depiction of Egypt even today! When sailing by felucca, travellers to Egypt will zigzag from bank to bank, as you can see in the video below. This ensures the wind is strong enough to propel the boat. Combustion-powered Nile cruisers, meanwhile, steam through the centre of the river, just as you can see in the Death on the Nile trailer. The majority of our Egypt tours include a 2-night Nile felucca cruise. But all have the option to upgrade to a luxury cruise; just like the SS Karnak – but with no murderers! Whichever option you were to choose on your Egypt tour, you’d enjoy wonderful views of the Nile and some of its waterside treasures, including Kom Ombo temple, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and Horus.

Detective Poirot is also shown sitting in front of the great Sphinx of Giza and the Pyramids. Presumably, this is part of his effort to solve the crime, though we forgive him if he just wanted to get some sightseeing done. Although much of the cinematography has been constructed using CGI technology, the shots are incredibly realistic. Detective Poirot has chosen an excellent day to visit, with very few crowds!

 

Join us in Egypt

As mentioned, the film is being released worldwide on 11 February 2022 and we can’t wait to see it. If you watch Death on the Nile and are as blown away by the shots of the Pyramids and Abu Simbel as we are, then why not come and join us to see the sights of Egypt in real life? Our award-winning range of group tours take in all the main highlights of the country, complete with either a felucca or luxury Nile cruise on most tours.

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