Michael K. Williams staggeringly misjudged thanos legacy!

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The true events from which The Red Sea Diving Resort claims to have drawn inspiration relate to an early 1980s Israeli Mossad operation in which Jewish Ethiopians were smuggled to Jerusalem from their homeland. Ethiopia’s land-locked geography meant a dangerous journey through neighbouring Sudan, where Daniel Limor and his team of agents leased an abandoned hotel on the coast of the red sea. From there, the refugees were ferried north by Israeli Navy SEALs to Israel.

The film’s version of Limor is Ari, played by a bored Chris Evans. He looks embarrassed to be involved in a production that could have been his Marvel breakout. He is joined by Alessandro Nivola, Haley Bennett, Ben Kingsley and Michiel Huisman, none of whom are particularly bad, just unfortunately forever associated with this movie.

For what Gideon Raff (Prisoners of War, the original, Israeli version of Homeland) has created – and he should know better – is, at best, staggeringly misjudged and at worst, downright offensive. The poster suggests that the only Ethiopian character with a name and a face, Kebede (Michael K. Williams) is as central as Ari. In reality, he has 15 minutes of screen-time, sidelined and forgotten to make way for the pretty, white stars for which the script has clearly been written.

One can just about imagine a version of this where Kebede is the hero, navigating the violent perils of the local military and corrupt government to deliver the refugees to the Mossad agents. The film could have been a shining opportunity to tell a remarkable, little-known story in a poignant way with genuine currency and relevance. The reality has no interest in doing that.