Mosul

2019 [ARABIC]

Action / Drama / War

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 99%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 19794

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
November 26, 2020 at 11:08 AM

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Arabic 2.0
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Arabic 5.1
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ExpendableMan 8 / 10

"Let him suffer"

Another worthy addition to Netflix's burgeoning catalogue of foreign language films, 'Mosul' is a unique war movie that deserves to find a wide audience. There's been many films made about war in the Middle East, but thus far they've mostly focused on the point of view of the American forces. Sure, the likes of 'Lone Survivor' and 'The Hurt Locker' were terrific, but to the best of my knowledge, 'Mosul' is the first to be told from the point of view of the people who actually live there. 'Mosul' is an international co-production, but it feels like a distinctly Iraqi take on the war against ISIS.

The film tells the story of Kawa (Adam Bessa), a rookie Police Officer in the titular city. With half the city controlled by ISIS and a violent, close quarters battle raging for months, he one day finds himself recruited to join the local SWAT Team. The story unfolds over the course of a single day, Kawa going through a brutal baptism of fire as he and his new colleagues take the fight to the increasingly desperate ISIS forces who have caused so much misery.

Led by the charismatic Major Jasem (Suhail Dabbach - excellent), the cops take the fight to the militants while also trying to avoid detection by their superiors. This SWAT Team might be cops, but they didn't like their orders to withdraw from the fight and have to bribe their own allies to escape unwanted attention. They face car bombs, desperate battles in cramped backstreet alleyways and as the day goes on, the fresh faced Kawa becomes increasingly dead-eyed and battle hardened. But what is their mission exactly? Jasem won't tell him much and all these random gunfights don't seem to be going anywhere other than racking up the body-count. Can Kawa trust these renegade officers and will he live to see his second day on the job?

It's a violent and unrelenting film with some grim depictions of urban warfare. The opening close quarters gun battle is a hectic set piece and if the sound is turned up enough, you can almost picture what being in a real life shoot out would be like. The sweaty palmed fear, the life or death decisions that are made in split seconds...and it only increases as the film goes on. The squad face rooftop snipers and an apparently limitless number of ISIS militants. It's an adrenaline pumping action film that plunges you right into the heart of the chaos.

That said, there is an argument to be made that 'Mosul' may have worked best as a six-part TV series rather than a movie. So much happens that it starts to become unbelievable that this could all happen in a single day, especially when it draws to a close and there's still no sign of the sun setting. Plus, aside from Kawa, Jasem and the squad's second-in-command Waleed, none of the other characters get much time to develop. They drop like flies throughout and they've had so little screen-time that each casualty just looks like another bullet riddled body.

That said, for the most part, 'Mosul' is a gripping and worthy war film from a perspective we rarely see. Kawa's first day on the job is a hell of a ride and it'll be really striking for anyone in a Western Police Force seeing how he gets it. There's no interviews, no training, he just gets given a hat and a uniform and he's in. Sure, he's gunned down a few of the opposing side already, but the application and screening process is remarkably brief. If 'Hot Fuzz' is to be believed, there's gonna be a lot of paperwork once they clock off for the night.

Reviewed by Comphunk 9 / 10

Extremely Moving & Brutal Depiction of a war torn state

Glad I watched it, despite this being 5.9. Which I believe would be purely because of political affinity of reviewers. From a neutrals point of view, this movie is technically taut. Tension feels real. There are no heroes here. Action sequences are brutal but highly believable. Bottom line is, it all feels real. Extremely Real. The backdrop of a city in half ruins just saddens the overall theme, Civilians being shot was something that could have been left out though. But in the end the movie is about the human side of the elite SWAT Force members. This is way better than many high budget Hollywood failures

Reviewed by ammarsafaa 10 / 10

Best

Great movie the movie was amazing,the recording perfect and the story good

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