Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Hot Take: Infidel

An Introduction and Hot Take: Infidel 

   With 2020 coming to a close, movie theaters are just beginning to open, along with various other forms of entertainment. My family has always been an avid lover of entertainment frequently indulging in  concerts, theatre, movies, you name it. But our absolute tried and true love, that we always make time for? The old fashioned movie theater. We love it all: the food, the atmosphere, the buzz right before the movie begins, the dim of the lights, the shrinking of the screen, and ultimately the escape. For as long as I can remember, we have seen a movie just about every week since I was a teenager. There have been plenty nights of coming home from high school and receiving a text asking if I had my homework done, if it was possible to see a movie that night. Last minute impulsive decisions to go to the movies, right before it was time for the premiere to begin. The last thing we did before Covid-19, was go to the movies, and the first big outing we had when Texas partially opened up was, you guessed it, go to the movies. However, movies are now less accessible in theaters due to the loss of actors and money coming in, thanks to Covid-19. So, as we get back into the movie watching business, the once broad selection of movies that were available on the big screen, have now lessened considerably. But don't fret, that won't stop me from finding the fun ones to talk about. So, buckle up, buttercup. Grayson (that's me! Hi, it's nice to meet you!)is here to take you on an adventure, through the world of movies, from the perspective of a not-so normal, yet incredibly fun family of art lovers. Welcome to HOT TAKE. Blast off in.... 3.....2......1:

  Infidel, the action packed story of a man kidnapped by Hezbollah, during an interfaith conference in Cairo, takes the audience on a thrilling ride full of lies, deceit and some pretty entertaining fight sequences. After being kidnapped, the American christian is given a death sentence based on the fake charges of him being a CIA spy, which leaves his strong willed wife alone in the USA on a mission to bring her husband home. Filled with some quality, quotable lines, a strong cast, some action sequences that leave you wanting more and a strong, badass woman who wants her husband back with her, who refuses to back down no matter the cost, there is a little something in this movie for everyone. High paced, sort of gory, action packed, well researched and based off of a true story. From the very beginning, I was interested in the story, although I had some trepidations about the movie before walking in, due to past experiences of movies about men getting kidnapped. 

    Some important information about the movie that you should know, if you are a movie junkie: Released on September 18, 2020, Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, starring Jim Caviezel, Claudia Karvan, Aly Kassem and Hal Ozsan. The movie is set in the USA, as well as a few different places in Iran and switches back and forth as the movie progresses. The movie runs just about 108 minutes. Cyrus Nowrasteh is a very talented director within this movie, I believe he has a strong future ahead of him. 

     While the film is definitely entertaining, there is definitely some chessy content to it, with some scenes dragging on and some one liners that do not stick, no matter how hard they throw them in there. There are quite a few moments where you want to yell at the characters and tell them to not do something stupid, however, of course, that is not am option. Because it's a movie. Another small complaint I have, is the beginning of the move and the end of the movie do not completely line up, with some parts of the first half completely forgotten about by the second half, which leaves a few holes in the plot.

    Overall, it is a solid movie, with a nice action packed story line, some formidable characters as well as a compelling message. If you are looking for an escape, this one is a good one to provide that. Just don't expect brilliance. 

 Grayson Micaela's Hot Take Score: 8/10 

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