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Mosul (2019)

TV-MA | | Action, Drama, War | 26 November 2020 (USA)
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A police unit from Mosul fight to liberate the Iraqi city from thousands of ISIS militants.
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Credited cast:
Waleed Elgadi ... Colonel Kaveh Afsahani
Hayat Kamille ... Hayat
Thaer Al-Shayei ... Hooka
Suhail Dabbach ... Jasem
Adam Bessa ... Kawa
Mohimen Mahbuba ... Amir
Is'haq Elias ... Waleed (as Ishaq Elias)
Ben Affan ... Actor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Qutaiba Abdelhaq ... Kamal
Abbas Abdulghani ... Home Owner
Ahmed Adel Ahmed Adel ... Ahmed
Mohamed Attougui Mohamed Attougui ... Akram
Mahdi Chalkhaoui Mahdi Chalkhaoui ... Chilidren
Ahmad Ghanem ... Sinan
Ahmed Ghanem Ahmed Ghanem


Between 2014 and 2017, ISIS occupied the Iraqi city of Mosul. During those years, the only group to fight the occupiers continuously was Nineveh province's SWAT unit, made up of local men who had either been injured or had a family member killed by ISIS. Carnahan's Mosul is a gripping tribute to these fighters for whom the incentives were intensely personal. Kawa (Adam Bessa), a 21-year-old police officer, barely survives a firefight. When the smoke clears he meets the men who saved his life, the Nineveh SWAT, led by Jasem (Suhail Dabbach). Kawa's own uncle was recently killed by ISIS. He joins the group, though they've been reduced to just a dozen men with three Humvees and a surplus of cigarettes. Before his first day with Nineveh SWAT is over, Kawa will witness the rescue of a child and the death of several colleagues, take revenge on a man who betrayed him, and participate in the ambush of an ISIS stronghold. Carnahan drops us right in the center of urban warfare, but also allows ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Action | Drama | War


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Novel, gritty and action-packed
13 December 2020 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Mosul, Iraq. After a long struggle the tide is at last turning against ISIS. At the forefront of the war against ISIS is the elite Nineveh SWAT team, lead by Major Jasem. After recruiting a young police officer to their ranks they set off on a another hazardous mission.

A novel war drama, as it is told from an Iraqi perspective and set against the war against ISIS. Decent story, well told, with some realistic action scenes. Very gritty in the war the battles are portrayed: the good guys aren't immortal.

Not perfect though. Character engagement is limited, largely because there's no backstory to the characters or plot. Things just happen without a context, making you more an observer than a participant in the film.

The reason for the lack of background becomes apparent at the end but it would have been very helpful to have some way to have audiences engage more closely with characters. A longer film, even a mini-series, would have been more ideal.

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