Unique Content material podcast: Netflix’s ‘Pink Sea Diving Resort’ awkwardly mixes fiction and actuality

“The Pink Sea Diving Resort,” a brand new movie on Netflix, relies on the true story of Mossad brokers who took over an deserted vacation resort in Sudan to smuggle Jewish Ethiopian refugees in another country.

As we clarify within the newest episode of the Unique Content material podcast, the movie feels prefer it’s made within the “Argo” mildew, fashioning a political thriller out of a too-crazy-for-fiction occasions. Nevertheless it’s not as well-made as “Argo,” whereas scuffling with the identical challenges — mixing severe and comedic tones, and balancing real-world politics with blockbuster thrills.

The steadiness feels significantly awkward with “Captain America” actor Chris Evans enjoying the Mossad agent main the operation. He’s not dangerous within the function, however there’s not a lot substance or complexity to it, and his presence underlines the sensation that we’re watching a Hollywood fantasy.

The movie additionally skimps on offering any broader political context. Perhaps it deserves credit score for not holding the viewers’s hand, however in consequence, all we all know who the nice guys are and who the dangerous guys. In the meantime, not one of the refugees — not even Kabede, who’s performed by Michael Ok. Williams of “The Wire” — totally emerges a three-dimensional character.

Earlier than our overview, we focus on the obvious finish of Disney and Sony’s settlement making Spider-Man a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, information that prompted outrage and petitions from sad followers.

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And for those who’d wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:

0:00 Intro
2:25 Spider-Man information
14:37 “Pink Sea Diving Resort” overview
37:02 “Pink Sea Diving Resort” spoiler dialogue

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