The Green Prince (2014)
Critic Consensus: The Green Prince doesn't answer all the questions it raises, but it's still timely, gripping -- and ultimately uplifting -- viewing.
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It's a movie that raises as many questions as it addresses, and which never quite convincingly answers even the most pressing one: Just what made the son of a radical Palestinian-liberation leader go to work as an Israeli spy?
The movie's empty pizzazz is especially irritating because the story would have been compelling without any embellishment.
It's a harrowing tale of intrigue and betrayal, but also one of a friendship that survives despite extraordinary circumstances.
[A] gripping documentary set against the internecine battle between Israel and Palestine.
This a film that leaves many unanswered questions, but it's nonetheless satisfying, because it resonates emotionally and offers a ray of hope that the human spirit has the ability to trump entrenched political perspectives.
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A fascinating and suspenseful documentary that tells an almost unbelievable story of a man who betrayed his own culture for what he believed in and two people from different backgrounds who became unexpected friends as they got caught in the eye of an everlasting storm.
"The Green Prince" is an insightful, fascinating and suspenseful documentary about Mosab Hassan Yousef, who is not only the eldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the founders of Hamas, but also was an informer for Shin Bet, Israeli internal intelligence. So, as you can imagine, this puts him in a great deal of danger, as his handlers weigh the possibility of blowing his cover versus saving lives. At the same time, this also allows for a unique perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that has been going on for decades with a personal angle.(If I have any trouble with "The Gatekeepers," it is its lack of one.) As much as "The Green Prince" could stop with just Mosab and Gonen Ben Yitzhak, one of his handlers, talking about their unique experiences and still be highly satisfying, the documentary does not stop there, as it has a few visual cards up its sleeve. For example, Mosab is introduced with his face blacked out before being revealed to the audience. Plus, the documentary expertly uses archival material as a reminder of recent history and putting the subjects' story fully into context.
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