Paradise Now

2005

Paradise Now

Critics Consensus

This film delves deeply into the minds of suicide bombers, and the result is unsettling.

89%

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Total Count: 102

87%

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Two youths from the Gaza strip are just 48 hours away from becoming the latest suicide bombers. Two young Palestinian men, Khaled and Said, are both recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend what is presumably their last night alive with their families. However, since absolute secrecy must be maintained and they can tell nobody of their mission, theirs can be no proper farewell. The next morning, the men are brought to the border. The bombs have been attached to their bodies in such a way as to make them completely hidden from view. However, the operation does not go according to plan and the two friends lose sight of each other. Separated from each other and left to their own devices, it's up to them to face their destiny and stand up for their convictions...

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  • Oct 05, 2015
    Watching Paradise Now, one definitely gets a sense of stuckness and frustration the Palestinians feel without condoning violence; the film engenders compassion but not sympathy. Note that this balance is achieved without portrayal of the Israeli side. While not a great film, Paradise Now is performed well and helps the average viewer understand a bit better why that area of the world wrestles with such difficult problems.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2013
    Why commit suicide? You only lose everything. So what's a good reason? What? Revenge. And so this film looks at the motivation of some Palestinian boys fed up with the powerlessness in their own lives and decide to take matters into their own hands. Interesting and original, if simplistic.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2013
    Sitting through this film I was in search for finding further answers for the psyche of a suicide bomber. I have no idea what it is that pushes a person over the edge to believing that suicide is a way or key into the afterlife. Here is where we have two such volunteers. Said (Kais Nashef) a gifted mechanic in the village of Nablus and his long time friend Khaled (Ali Suliman) which is a hot tempered but good friend. The two of them get the word that they have been the chosen ones to be suicide bombers in Tel Aviv. Enter a customer for Said, Suha (Lubna Azabal) who not only has a problem with her car, but is the daughter of a "hero" martyr. The movie moves along fairly well despite the foreign dialog and subtitles. Watching the two transform themselves in the final hours before their assignment makes you wonder which of the two will bail out on the "assignment". Folks that have given up on the sanctity for the preservation of life really have to reevaluate their moral options! Fairly good movie to see. Try it.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2012
    Another worthy entry into the film canon about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and it is quite remarkable how the conflict has inspired such great film making.
    John B Super Reviewer

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