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The idea of showing the corruption in modern Turkey, where your enemy becomes my enemy and your interests becomes mine just because the other side doesn't serve my interests anymore, is basically a very good and promising idea. But in order to succeed you need 2 things. 1. A character that his or her involvement in the story will touch us so we can identify with him or her. 2. Surprises in the story. Those 2 things are missing from the film. The character from point 1 is to weak and not so much involved in the story for us to care about and the surprises become none when you understand in early stage that what you see will turn around 180 degree's at some point. And it happens too much and too often. There are elements in the story that seem to be there just because the writter and the director thought they will add to the story while they have no justification in the story itself and are not fully dealt with nor do they form any clear story line which contribute to the the whole story.
It is not as bad as it seems. Director Dervis Zuim show that he can handle the story well and it is a shame he didn't go for an attitude which says less is more. This is clear case of good intention goes wrong. The potential is there but the result is unsatisfactory.
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