Directed by Gideon Raff
Starring Chris Evans, Michael K. Williams, Haley Bennett, Ben Kingsley, Greg Kinnear
It is almost hard to believe the many stories about real events of people being oppressed for the sake of power, religion or political reasons. After seeing a movie like Schindler’s list where one man takes a stand and saves the lives of many Jews and Hotel Rwanda where one man risked everything just keep people safe in his hotel. One would think we could stop having this kind of films inspired by true events.
The story is based on the rescue mission of Jewish-Ethiopians from Sudan to Israel in 1984. Ari Levinson leads a team of Israeli secret agents trying to smuggle these people from the Sudan government. The film begins with a mission gone wrong and they are sent back to Israel. But Ari is determined to help those people and comes up with an idea. To use an abandoned hotel as cover to smuggle those people out of there.
Like I said, this is a hard film to review because the events that it’s based on are so horrific and so sad that it even happened. The film did treat the subject with the sensitivity needed for the subject. The tone of the film was just right and they did not try to go over the top with the situations, that made the film less intense for other spy-thriller films I have seen. Again, is hard to say that the scenes with the Sudan army going to the Hotel to check what they were up to could have been tenser, because I hope they kept it real and the Sudan army did not hurt even more people, but in terms of the film it could have been more intense and suspenseful. But, the story is very powerful and I loved the message at the end where one of the characters says that if you see a brother in need, you can’t stay silent and must help.
The performances overall were really good. Chris Evans plays the leader of the mission and he does a pretty good job, it is going to be hard not to see Captain America, especially in a role like this one where he is a leader and has the determination to complete his mission, the moral fiber of the character is not the same, but in the rest, it reminded me of Cap. I don’t say this to diminish his performance, he was really good in the role and he is a good actor, and I’m sure he will continue to find good roles in the future. Greg Kinnear has a few scenes in the film just like Ben Kingsley, both were very good in those scenes they were in. The rest of the cast they were all good, I liked Haley Bennett’s performance, she really managed her expressions very well in most scenes.
The film is available on Netflix, if you are looking for a film to see, I do recommend it. But know it is based on true events and they were not easy times for those people.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80WflPMzAcw