Mosul (2019) Netflix Movie Review

Director: Matthew Michael Carnahan

Writer: Matthew Michael Carnahan (Screenplay)

Starring: Waleed Elgadi, Hayat Kamille, Thaer Al-Shayei, Suhail Dabbach, Adam Bessa

Plot: A police unit from Mosul fight to liberate the Iraqi city from thousands of ISIS militants.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Mosul starts as we meet a rookie police officer Kawa (Bessa) who along with his partner is cornered by the ISIS militant before getting rescued by Jasem (Dabbach) SWAT unit, Kawa gets recruited on the spot and gets to learn how this elite team operates within the city, looking to fight for the freedom they want their family to have.

We follow this unit as they work their way through the city in an attempt to eliminate the ISIS militant threat from the streets, leaving bodies behind, both the enemies and their own.

Thoughts on Mosul

Characters – Jasem leads the elite SWAT unit, he trusts his men to stand by him and fight, recruiting Kawa, knowing he will want to fight back against the people controlling the city, he is blunt, calm and isn’t afraid to challenge his men to be their best, creating the leadership skills in them all. Kawa is the young police officers thrown into this world after being recruited, he must learn on his feet if he is going to survive his time with the unit, learn the heart break of losing a fellow soldier and how to fight to the death to beat the relentless enemies. We do meet the other soldiers who are all fighting for something, they all follow the orders and know they can’t lose.

PerformancesSuhail Dabbach in the leading role is brilliant, showing his dominance on the unit, while keeping his character in control of every situation. Adam Bessa is the audience entry performance, which must go through the biggest evolution as the film unfold, going from rookie police officer, to relentless soldier. The rest of the supporting cast are strong too, without anyone looking out of place and the men looking like a unit.

StoryThe story here follows a group of Iraqi SWAT soldiers that are fighting the ISIS Militant who are controlling the city, we follow a rookie officer that gets to learn what the fight is for. This is a raw story that will show us just how much is at stake for the soldiers on the ground fighting an enemy that isn’t taking an prisoners, that will give up their own lives to take the innocence of others. The story does give us a character to help us understand how much this means to the men in Kawa, which will give us the questions needed to get us into the unit mindsets.

Action/WarThe action in the film is non-stop, with plenty of military fighting showing us the different position the men find themselves in during the ongoing war.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to create the war torn city that is realistic and shows us the destruction that has been happening for years, not just what has been happening during the recent conflict.


Scene of the Movie – The reveal of the mission.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing.

Final Thoughts Mosul is a truly relentless movie that will show us the truly costs of the conflict in Iraq for the soldiers looking to keep their family safe.



ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – Z – The Escorts (2016)

This is under Z because of the pimp who hired Guy.

Director: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse

Writer: Lisa Addario, Joe Syracuse (Screenplay)

Starring: Jason Biggs, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Tisdale, Bria L Murphy, Jenny Mollen, Steven Weber, Adrian Voo

 

Plot: Guy Carter is an award-winning graduate student of architecture. He’s got a beautiful wife and a baby on the way. The problem? He doesn’t have “his ducks in a row,” which only fuels his doubts about being a good father. Guy has been trying to find work in his field for a year with no luck. At wit’s end, his wife Anne finds him a job as a ‘driver’ on Craigslist. Guy shows up for the interview thinking he’ll be delivering pizzas, but quickly realizes it’s a job driving prostitutes.


Tagline – Every job has pros and cons

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Gets Good Laughs

 

Story: The Escorts starts as Guy (Biggs) an architecture hasn’t managed to find a job in this field, with his pregnant wife Anne (Mollen) is running out of insurance, Anne pushing Guy into answer a Craigslist job as a driver.

Guy gets the job with Zoley (Yarbrough) hiring him to drive Nikki (Montgomery) around, she is a hooker and Guy finds himself working as her driver for a night, which would see him make serious money, in a world that he wouldn’t have even stepped into.

 

Thoughts on The Escorts

 

Characters – Guy is an architecture graduate who has lost his job, he has struggled to find a new job in the same field and with a baby due in weeks, he needs to find a new job before the health insurance runs out. He is talked into taking a job from Craigslist which sees him driving prostitutes around with a potential pay day that could cover everything he needs, he must enter this world even if he isn’t prepared for what comes his way. Nikki is the prostitute that Guy picks up, she isn’t happy having a new driver, but over the night teaches Guy this lifestyle and slowly lets him learn about who she really is. Fallon and Jaxi are two other prostitutes that comes on the night out, they know Nikki is the boss and will do the risker jobs in the show.

PerformancesJason Biggs has made this style of comedy work for him for years now, he works well through the film always looking out of place. Janet Montgomery as the lead of the escorts does a great job, she is filled with confidence even if you can see a different side to her inside. Ashley Tisdale and Bria L Murphy both get to have a lot of fun in their roles without struggling.

StoryThe story follows a father-to-be who must take any job he can find in an attempt to keep the insurance his family requires, the first job he finds means he will be driving prostitutes around. This story does only go over one night which helps see the chaos that Guy finds himself in only adding to the laugh, with the calls from his wife only makes us laugh more. Seeing how the prostitutes act shows how they are in control of everything going on. Mixing everything together we are happy with what happened we have people from different worlds getting the laughs required. The film is based on a true story, it is very difficult to believe this is real in anyway though.

ComedyThe comedy does come from the idea that the two different worlds collide, especially with how out of place Guy looks through the night.

SettingsThe film takes Guy around the city for the night which does show him how life can be very different in the closed doors in city.


Scene of the Movie –
The end of the night.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The comedy won’t be for everyone.

Final ThoughtsThis is a comedy that gets enough laughs to keep us happy with the laughs that has a cast which works for the characters.

 

Overall: Fun comedy.

Rating

 

 

Werewolf (2018) Movie review

Director: Adrian Panek

Writer: Adrian Panek (Screenplay)

Starring: Kamil Polnisiak, Nicholas Prygoda, Sonia Mietielica, Danuta Stenka, Werner Daehn, Jakub Syska

Plot: Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Werewolf starts when a group of children are liberated from a Nazi concentration camp, finding refuge in a mansion in the middle of the forest, where they Wladek (Polnisiak), Hanys (Przygoda), Hanka (Mietielica), Jadwiga (Stenka) and others looks to hide out the rest of the war.

The children start to see enemies coming for them in soldiers, but more dangerously, a pack of ravenous dogs lurking in the forest, looking for their next meal, they children must work together to stay alive, despite running low on food, water and exits from the mansion.

Thoughts on Werewolf

Thoughts – Werewolf is a Polish movie with the original name of Wilkolak, we do get to see how the children have escaped from the concentration camp and are trying to survive by themselves, which in itself is a survival story, but add in the ravenous dogs, we get to see how they must band together, to evolve to survive the situation. The story shows how they will see other enemies coming too, need to deal with them, but one of the big things you will notice, there aren’t any werewolves in this film, the title is misleading. The performances from the whole cast is brilliant showing us just how difficult the lives they are living are and the desperation to survive they must show. There is an intensity to the dogs scenes, which is filled with the fear they would be going through too.

Final ThoughtsWerewolf is an intense survivor story.