Friday, March 1, 2013

The Gatekeepers


Sometimes I wonder if I'm watching the same movie other critics are.  This documentary about the Israeli Secret Service gives a first hand account of their historical anti-terrorism operations as told by the actual former heads.  Essentially it's like 'Homeland' for real.  And that sure seems to have fascinating written all over it.  Plus, the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are off the charts at 92% overall and 100% by top critics.  Not to mention it was nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards.  So, how could it be anything but amazing, right?  Wrong.  It's dull.  Quite dull, actually.  Sure, the operations these guys have been involved in are crazy.  And I'm grateful we have brave folks like these fighting terrorism and saving lives.  But the actual narrative here is really lacking.  These guys are Israeli Secret Service, not storytellers.  Their monotone voices, thick accents, and the necessary subtitles made it hard for me to stay awake, no less interested.  So, am I crazy or is everyone else?  Stick with 'Homeland' and 'Zero Dark Thirty'.

Grade: D

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