Damascus Cover (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Damascus Cover is essentially every bit the hackneyed espionage drama that any veteran of '90s action thrillers might expect after reading its title.

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Ari Ben-Zion, haunted by the death of his son, is assigned by the Mossad to smuggle a chemical weapons scientist out of Syria. Within days his mission goes wrong. To survive Ari reaches out to a deep cover agent code named, The Angel. He soon discovers that he is a pawn in a much bigger plan.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

The overarching idea of "Damascus Cover"... provides a worthy payoff: the idea that there are alliances that transcend religious wars and nationalistic sentiments for the sake of saving lives.

Jul 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Berk's movie is too plodding and predictable to generate anything more than a modest level of suspense; worse, it lacks enough excitement to qualify even as instantly forgettable popcorn entertainment.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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Features the usual political-thriller tropes - tough but haunted protagonist, zigzag of foreign locales, rival spies, arcane twists, shifting allegiances, wedged-in romance - without adding much that feels unique or exciting.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Overstuffed with groaningly familiar espionage tropes.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

The persuasive use of real locations only underlines the frustrating sketchiness when it comes to exploring the potentially fascinating intricacies of Israeli-Syrian power play.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's the clunky screenplay and Jonathan Rhys Meyers's performance as an undercover German-Israeli agent that do the damage.

Aug 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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