Mosul

Mosul

Mosul

Resistance fighters from Iraq fight to reclaim their home from ISIS in this based-on-a-true-story war drama from the writer of Dark Waters and Deepwater Horizon, produced by Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame).

After inexperienced Iraqi cop Kawa (Adam Bessa) is rescued from a harrowing firefight by the elite Ninevah SWAT team, he’s quickly inducted into the rogue squadron, a band of ten brothers-in-arms led by the wise Major Jasem (Suhail Dabbach). Under constant threat of attack, the unit embarks on a dangerous guerrilla operation, determined to wipe out an enemy base and restore order to the lawless territory.

2020Rating: CTCUSAArabic and English with English subtitles
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Flicks

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

flicks

This is a wholly Iraqi story about a wholly Iraqi tragedy put together by an American filmmaker, which is definitely a risky move, but Matthew Michael Carnahan has done a solid job that appears to be respectful and non-exploitative. While there are definitely some war film tropes used in Mosul, there’s also a lot of originality in it, too. Kawa’s story arc might be obvious from the get-go, but the pace in which it’s achieved and its relative insignificance to the film’s major themes certainly are not. A tense segment where the SWAT team encounters an Iranian militia is especially interesting, too.

Variety

Variety

press

"Mosul" often feels like "Call of Duty" interrupted by the occasional call to prayer.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Precious few moments of "Mosul" leave the aftertaste of a recruitment film.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Favors a sense of you-are-there authenticity over any kind of deeper characterization or geopolitical context. The result is generically gripping but ultimately not something that lingers.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Balances admirable ambition (it's an American film, but the characters speak Arabic) with the cruder goosing strategies and red-meat dialogue of a revenge picture.

Flicks

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

flicks

This is a wholly Iraqi story about a wholly Iraqi tragedy put together by an American filmmaker, which is definitely a risky move, but Matthew Michael Carnahan has done a solid job that appears to be respectful and non-exploitative. While there are definitely some war film tropes used in Mosul, there’s also a lot of originality in it, too. Kawa’s story arc might be obvious from the get-go, but the pace in which it’s achieved and its relative insignificance to the film’s major themes certainly are not. A tense segment where the SWAT team encounters an Iranian militia is especially interesting, too.

Variety

Variety

press

"Mosul" often feels like "Call of Duty" interrupted by the occasional call to prayer.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Precious few moments of "Mosul" leave the aftertaste of a recruitment film.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Favors a sense of you-are-there authenticity over any kind of deeper characterization or geopolitical context. The result is generically gripping but ultimately not something that lingers.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Balances admirable ambition (it's an American film, but the characters speak Arabic) with the cruder goosing strategies and red-meat dialogue of a revenge picture.

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