Film Preview: Omar (2014)


Trailer Link

Release Date:

February 21, 2014


From IMDb: “A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing.”

Poster: B-

Review: Sometimes simplistic can be overdone, but here it makes a quick comment on situations in the Middle East without becoming overbearing in the process. If you don’t know what the film is about, then you probably have no idea why its relevant.

Trailer: C+

Review: So much of this film feels familiar. While it’s not precisely the same style of story as Out in the Dark, the Israeli police detaining a Palestinian who may or may not be a freedom fighter and then forcing them to do their bidding in exchange for leaving their loved ones alone. Come to think of it, other than the heavier action elements and the gay themes, this is almost exactly Out in the Dark. I’m not impressed, though I’m sure others will be. The trailer itself is straight forward without pretense, but ultimately uninvolving.

Oscar Prospects:

The U.S. release may be 2014, but it was submitted by Palestine for Oscar consideration last year. It is one of the 86th Oscars nominees for Best Foreign Language Film.


(January 26, 2014) Original

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