Clash (Eshtebak)

2017

Clash (Eshtebak)

Critics Consensus

Clash is far from an easy watch, but the story's ripped-from-the-headlines energy more than makes up for its unrelentingly grim tone and sketchily developed characters.

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83%

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Set entirely within the confines of a police van, Clash dramatizes the ongoing political unrest in Egypt two years after the Arab Spring. It's 2013 and mass protests have led to the ouster of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood by the army. A series of arrests finds rival demonstrators trapped in a paddywagon together under the threat of impossibly stifling heat. From this simple setup, Mohamed Diab weaves a white-knuckled tale of resistance and shared humanity that artfully evokes the political fault lines in the Arab world's most populous nation.

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  • Within this roiling Petri dish, the filmmakers cultivate a dynamic portrait of Egypt, with its dense social, political and religious layers.

    Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Its limited point-of-view says enough to the original horror and poignantly makes humanity a non-political issue.

    Aug 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A film like this needs its people to underline what it means to be human during times of political strife, but with so many bodies shoved inside the van, it's difficult to keep track of who's who and why they're mad.

    Aug 23, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Clash" turns into a full-fledged horror movie, albeit one without the fake comfort of a supernatural or science-fiction pretext. It's just man's inhumanity to man, in full sway.

    Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…
  • It's a tiny movie but it feels like a big deal.

    Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mohamed Diab's superb Egyptian drama is set in the aftermath of the overthrow of President Morsi in 2013, with the army engaged in running battles on the streets with the pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood.

    Apr 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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