The Angel is based on real life accounts from the book The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel by Uri Bar-Joseph.
The film follows the life of Ashraf Marwan (Marwan Kenzari), the son-in-law of the late Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser
(Waleed Zuaiter). Marwan was not only the special adviser and confidant of Nasser’s successor, the late Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat (Sasson Gabai) but also Israeli Intelligence’s most useful spy in the Arab World during the 20th Century.
Our story begins in the Summer of 1967 with the destruction of the Egyptian air force in a matter hours followed by the Israelis taking control of the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank and all of Jerusalem. The combined Arab armies lost over 20,000 soldiers, while the Israelis lost fewer than 1,000 of their own military personnel.
It is Marwan who warns the Egyptians to stop siding with the Soviets, who even though they keep the Americans at bay, will eventually crumble by under the weight of continuing to subjugate the will of the people and their demand for freedom of self expression. Marwan seeks peace, but unfortunately, the leaders cling to old ideals that force him to take actions, which still lead to The Yom Kippur War from October 6 to 25, 1973.
Israeli Director, Ariel Vromen made creating this suspenseful drama look almost effortless. A truly nationalistic film that is entertaining, yet informative at the same time, The Angel was worth my nearly two hours of time. Ashraf Marwan is one of the key people in the survival of the State of Israel and for that matter, the Arab Republic of Egypt. In fact, he is the only person to be considered a national hero in both countries.
Kenzari is a marvelous actor that transitions characters from movie-to-movie extremely well to the point that I didn’t realize he was Emre Ogan in The Promise. Although his Tunisian accent slips in every-once-in-a-great-while, his Egyptian dialect is almost flawless.
The first Arab-language film I saw the Iraqi-Israeli actor, Gabai in was The Band’s Visit and ever since then, I was willing to put every other film review aside just to see him in anything.
The Angel begins streaming Friday, September 14, 2018 only on Netflix.
The Angel is a fantastic film that shows how one spy helped save the Middle East from starting World War III.