Red Sea Diving Resort
2021-05-02 - 12:39 p.m.

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Red Sea Diving Resort Run time 2 hours 10 minutes.

This is one of the many Netflix produced films. The cast is well known actors, Michael K Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), Chris Evans (Captain America / Avengers), Ben Kingsley (Sneakers / House of Sand and Fog, Gandhi). This is based on a true operation supported by the Israeli Government to rescue Jewish refugees in Muslim controlled Sudan. I first learned about this from a podcast interview with one of the main agents from the operation, then accidentally saw the film trailer months later.

What I liked about this film was that it is bringing to light the true story of doing the right thing not because it is profitable but rather it was the humane and right thing to do regardless the cost

What I did not like about this film, is that it never really explained the purpose of the mission and why it was important. All of this is there in the subtext of the film. What ever the reason for downplaying the risk that these Jewish refugees were facing the film suffered for it because I never had the sense that the mission would fail or that the lives of people were truly at risk.

Michael K Williams delivers a solid performance as the contact in Africa who is moving the refugees to meet up with the Mossad agents. I think there is a deeper story of struggle than in the rescue operation.

Chris Evans either has trouble shaking his Captain America vibe, which may be more due to script and wanting to make a successful movie than a failure of his acting abilities.

The supporting cast does a good job of creating the atmosphere of the film but it does fall short of creating a sense of impending peril for the characters.

Overall, it was a good film and worth watching but I did not learn anything more about this event than I already knew from listening to the interview with the agent.

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