Clash (Eshtebak) (2017)
Critic 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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Within this roiling Petri dish, the filmmakers cultivate a dynamic portrait of Egypt, with its dense social, political and religious layers.
Its limited point-of-view says enough to the original horror and poignantly makes humanity a non-political issue.
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.
"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.
Remarkably, the film doesn't take sides. This in itself raises it above a purely political discussion in favor of a sweeping criticism of prejudice and inhumanity. Yet it will be remembered as one of the most telling depictions of modern Egypt yet filmed.
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