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God's Slave (2013/Film Movement DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: C Film: C

A highly praised foreign film that has caught a lot of attention at film festivals all over the world. Motivated by personal tragedies, two obsessive characters on either side of the Arab-Israeli conflict are set on a collision course in God's Slave, is a drama set against the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina. If these sort of films are what you are into, then I would suggest it despite my experience with it.

Stationed in Caracas and operating undercover as a doctor and family man, Ahmed Al Hassama (Mohammed Al-Khaldi) is a young Kuwaiti Muslim militant who is slated to execute a terrorist attack. Dispatched to Buenos Aires to diffuse the elusive but imminent threat, David Goldberg (Vando Villamil) is a cold-blooded and embittered Israeli Mossad agent who will stop at nothing to terminate the terrorist sleeper cell. In the wake of the AMIA bombing that leaves scores dead, the race is on to prevent another attack in the name of radical Islam.

Both men embark on parallel paths of martyrdom, blinded by hatred born of childhood trauma and prepared to sacrifice everything for their beliefs.

The vast locations add to the look of the film, which was shot on location in Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay and the United States and was directed by Joel Novoa. The ultimate theme of the film is current mainly focusing on the appalling cost of extremist acts carried out in the name of religious conviction. You see it on the news everyday.

The film is presented on DVD in standard definition with a 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The lack of detail in some scenes would be benefited by a Blu-ray release. The film is pretty short - clocking in around 90 minutes.

Extras include a Making Of featurette and Interviews with Cast and Filmmakers.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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