Crime / Drama / Thriller
Crime / Drama / Thriller
Mason Skiles had a great life as a diplomat in Beirut. He and his wife, Nadia, live in a beautiful house and have been mentoring a thirteen year-old Palestinian boy named Karim. The opening scene is a party that the Stiles are hosting for other dignitaries. Karim is helping out serving the guests. When a CIA friend of Mason, Cal, comes to the party he is interested only in taking Karim in for questioning about an older brother Mason doesn't know about. What happens that night changes Mason's life forever, along several others at the party...
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June 27, 2018 at 01:08 AM
Not another spy thriller
I don't care it is not filmed in Beirut. It is a good spy thriller that is unlike most others. It does not have car chases or thousands of bullets flying or naked men & women decorating the screen. It has depth and is thought provoking. A wife died and the husband grieved. A child lost his mentor and he seeked another, who led him to a totally different path. There are deceptions but there are also trust and friendship. It is a movie that keeps your brain churning instead of your adrenaline rushing.
A Solid Thriller, Enjoyable, Should be on Your List
As a movie this is a solid, dependable thriller with a really solid performance by Jon Hamm, as well as by a range of supporting players who turn in good, taunt performances. The one exception is Rosamund Pike whom is a great actor, but is ill-used. I suspect there were a number of scenes left on the editing floor.
This movie will be controversial because of its depictions of Beirut, as well as lack of agency of the Lebanese people. These criticisms are valid, but at the same time it is very hard for Hollywood, let alone a Western director and writer to get the right nuance and tension of the period AND make a successful movie. To the critics, you have a point, but this is a thriller, not a documentary.
If you are looking for a modern spy/espionage movie, this should be on your list. Plus I would love to see more Jon Hamm in these types of roles...well done.
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I am Lebanese, and lived in Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s. First of all, this movie wasn't shot in Beirut. Beirut didn't look like this pile of ruble even during the 70s and 80s. The yellowish filter used in the movie does a great job! This movie is neither entertaining, nor is it historically accurate, so what is it really? A good propaganda film that delivers everything it promises. There was no Islamic militias during that period, all militias were secular in West Beirut, and to link the Munich Olympics massacre and real events to some fictitious character (Farid Abu Rajal) in Beirut takes the propaganda to a higher level.
All in all, I found this movie too simplistic, it is a cheesy propaganda that only simple minded people can enjoy.