Chris Evans could do absolutely nothing for the rest of 2019 and everyone would say he had an amazing year thanks to the overwhelming success of Avengers: Endgame. He’s also set to star in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out this November though, and Evans was easily the best part of its first trailer. However, neither of those films will be as timely as the Netflix movie coming out this summer. As the first look at The Red Sea Diving Resort shows, a true story about refugees looking for asylum in the early ’80s has a lot to say about our world today.
Based on real events, The Red Sea Diving Resort tells “the incredible story of a group of international agents and brave Ethiopians who in the early ’80s used a deserted holiday retreat in Sudan as a front to smuggle thousands of refugees to Israel.” Evans plays the mission’s leader, Ari Kidron, who works with Michael K. William’s Kabede Bimro, a local trying to save his people from a genocide.
It feels inevitable this movie will end up being compared to Best Picture winner Argo because they share obvious similarities: a handsome man with a beard runs a covert government operation to smuggle people out of a war zone. This feels much bigger in scope, though. Argo dealt with a handful of Americans. This deals with a genocide and what powerful countries were willing to do to help save some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
It might be set decades ago, but it feels much closer to the world today,
The Red Sea Diving Resort, written and directed by Gideon Raff (writer Homeland), and also starring Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Chris Chalk, Greg Kinnear, and Sir Ben Kingsley, comes to Netflix on July 31.
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