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Melah Ha'arets (2006)

They were four friends in heart & soul. Blood Brothers that were that were bound together by their army experience. They were good people & decent citizens. They had love, careers, hopes, a... See full summary »

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They were four friends in heart & soul. Blood Brothers that were that were bound together by their army experience. They were good people & decent citizens. They had love, careers, hopes, a future - but they wanted more. They wanted to commit the perfect crime. They thought that if they will plan things out completely and won't leave anything to the chance, as they learned in the army, things would go smooth. They considered everything, anticipating every step that can go wrong and planning down to the minutest of details - assuming that the outcome will be as planned. But the reality is something totally different from what optimistic people want it to be; The reality always surprises those who try to engineer it. Salt Of The Earth - At times behind common sense hides insanity. Inside the power - weakness is gazing. In the heart of the courage - fear is gnawing. Behind the friendship lies betrayal. Written by q

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There's a reason Crime and Punishment is a long book
14 June 2014 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

IMDb acknowledges Dostoevsky as a contributor to the script. The movie is rather long but it's rushed nonetheless because it's taken upon itself at least three stories each big enough for a movie in its own right: a gambler who ultimately endangers himself in a risky crime in hopes of settling his debts, the planning and performance of that crime, and the criminals' subsequent attempts to keep themselves undiscovered. So the script winds up showing a heist that the police deem too well planned to be the work of everyday criminals, but time isn't taken to show us how exceptional the planning is. The gambler's friends follow him into the dangerous crime without considering the downside more than a moment. The policeman investigating the crime has the criminal under his nose because the gambler is a reporter by profession and works closely with the police. A big addition of screen time could have solved all those problems and more; we would have been looking at a TV miniseries. Or perhaps a novel of Dostoevskian length. Meanwhile, we're reminded that Aki Avni, the lead actor, has what it takes to return to stardom whenever he gets his groove back.


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