Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Feb 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the men who risk their own lives to try and help others following bombings in Syria.
My Take on it – This is a film that has a great premise but unfortunately like its predecessor The White Helmets (2016), which won an Oscar, it comes across as feeling too staged and scripted instead of spontaneous and genuine like a documentary should.
The way that these men risks there lives is definitely courageous because everything they do that is extremely dangerous despite it being worthwhile.
This film tries too hard to portray them as saints in everything they do but things seem to feel too staged and scripted for presentation in front of the cameras.
They do a great job though of showing how harrowing the bombings are and they got some great footage that is quite captivating to watch.
Nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars this year.
Bottom Line – Interesting idea, but like The White Helmets (2016), it comes across as not being as genuine as it probably is. The way that these men risk their lives is definitely courageous and worthwhile, but this film tries to elevate them to a level of saints and it unfortunately feels a bit too staged for the cameras. The footage of the wreckage and the bombings is quite captivating though.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema – Documentary at Sundance (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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