With the “Mosul” they produced, the “Avengers 3 & 4” directors Joe and Anthony Russo deliberately distance themselves from the Marvel blockbuster bombast. But even in the war drama there is hardly a breather, as the trailer suggests.
After delivering their fourth MCU contribution and also the most successful film of all time with “Avengers 4: Endgame”, the director brothers Joe and Anthony Russo have given up their Marvel careers for the time being.
Instead, they now want to produce works away from the blockbuster mainstream with their own production company AGBO.
In addition to the action thriller “21 Bridges” and the killer series “Deadly Class”, the war drama “Mosul” based on true events is one of AGBO’s first projects. While the Russos originally wanted to direct the film themselves, their Marvel commitments at the time meant they limited themselves to the producing role, allowing screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z”) to make his directorial debut instead.
came out an all-Arabic war-actioner that’s a bit formulaic, but nonetheless immensely gripping.
The FILMSTARTS review of “Mosul”
That’s what “Mosul” is about
At the center of “Mosul” is the Arab special unit SWAT, which is largely made up of ex-policemen. They want to take revenge on ISIS for personal reasons and therefore declare war on the terrorist organization relentlessly and without state legitimacy. In 2017, they did everything they could to liberate the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the clutches of IS.
The squad, under the command of Major Jaseem (Suhail Dabbach), also rescues the young policeman Kawa (Adam Bessa), who from then on moves with the team through the embattled city, where potential death lurks behind every street corner.
After having its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September 2019 (where we already got a chance to see it), “Mosul” is now available to stream more than a year later:
“Mosul” will be released on November 26, 2020 on Netflix.
The new films and series on Netflix in November 2020