Red Sea Diving Resort

Network Premier: July 31, 2019
Red Sea Diving Resort
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sex
language
violence
drugs
nudity
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Synopsis

The Dove Take:

While the language will be a dealbreaker for some audiences, discerning audiences will appreciate the courage and motivation of Ari Levinson to rescue innocents from the hands of those who would harm them.

Dove Review

The Synopsis

In 1981, a group of Mossad agents uses an abandoned hotel to smuggle Ethiopian Jews out of the Sudan.

The Review:

What would you do if you knew that you were someone’s only hope of escaping imprisonment, torture, or even death? For a small group of Mossad agents in the 1980s (Mossad is the national intelligence agency of Israel), the answer defied anyone’s reasonable explanation: they would revitalize a long-dead hotel in Sudan, operating by day as a resort and by night as an underground railroad to aid Ethiopian Jews to reach freedom in Israel as they fled Muslim persecution.

In Red Sea Diving Resort, a long-haired Chris Evans stars as Ari Levinson, the agent whose convictions lead him back to Sudan, against the better thinking of his Mossad boss (Ben Kingsley). The actor, best known for his roles as Captain America and Johnny Storm, takes a different turn here, headlining a story of compelling real-world events.

Director Gideon Raff, who also wrote the story as a screenplay, pushes the right buttons by mixing humor and action into a story of one man’s religious convictions with the bravery of a community that crossed racial and gender lines. While Levinson is the focus of the story, an Ethiopian named Kebede Bimro (Michael Williams) helps ferry fellow villagers to the hotel, where Levinson’s team (including Haley Bennett and Michael Huisman) connects them with Israeli Navy Seals to bring them to boats taking them to Israel.

While the narrative takes some time to reach a boiling point as Levinson’s team operates mostly in plain sight without issue, the film ratchets up the intensity when the Sudanese government, thanks to Colonel Abdel Ahmed (Chris Chalk), catches up with them. Here, it becomes incredibly apparent that Levinson’s conviction is tied into the biblical narrative he shares with his daughter, that King Solomon passed his faith on to the Queen of Sheba (I Kings 10), and a different group of Jews grew. Levinson’s conviction—and the subsequent courage his team showed—proves to be a reminder of the way that people of faith are called to defend the weak and fight for the powerless.

Content Description

Faith: Ethiopian Jews hold firm to faith in the midst of persecution by Muslims; Ari Levinson convinces Mossad to rescue Ethiopian Jews because of their faith connection; Levinson explains to his daughter that he’s compelled to go because they’re brothers and sisters through King Solomon’s conversion of the Queen of Sheba.
Integrity: Levinson believes it’s his duty to save the Ethiopians, regardless of the risk or the unbelief of others.
Sex: Implied but not seen onscreen.
Language: Pervasive language, predominantly f**k and sh**; one misuse of Jesus
Violence: Guerillas shoot villagers; a woman shown after rape; a sniper kills someone; man grabs unwilling woman from behind, and she incapacitates him.
Drugs: Various characters drink alcohol.
Nudity: Nude women are scene from the side; nude man seen from behind
Other: None

Info

Company: Netflix
Writer: Gideon Raff
Director: Gideon Raff
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 129 min.
Industry Rating: TV-MA
Reviewer: Jacob S.