Such a beautiful and important movie with great actors. The girl is magnetic. The guy you recognize from several other films. The movie feels very authentic. A road movie where I got a sense of what it is like to be on the run. I like that you were close to and with the main characters throughout the movie. Maybe there was a bit too much music for my taste but it is very nice. The movie is a perfect mix of American cinema and a European one.
I saw it in Braunschweig and had the pleasure of attending a QA with the director who was incredibly humble. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the next movie with the cast of the movie.
Reviewed by brentsbulletinboard9 / 10
A Tremendous First Feature
The refugee crisis (especially those escaping from Syria) is an issue that is finally getting its due cinematically, first with the Netflix fact-based offering "The Swimmers" (2022) and now with this impressive debut feature from writer-director Abbe Hassan. The film follows the odyssey of a young Syrian girl (Jwan Alqatami), travelling alone, who flees to Turkey from her homeland on her way to Sweden for a reunion with her sisters and parents. But, upon exiting the crowded shipping container that transported her on the first leg of her journey, she's met with a raid by Turkish immigration authorities, barely escaping in the unexpected company of one of the exploitive smugglers who organized her flight to freedom (Ashrof Barhom). Thus begins a trek through Europe as this seemingly mismatched duo makes its way to Sweden, a perilous trip that embroils the protagonists in an engaging array of challenges and revelations, especially the uncovering of the many different sides of these complex characters. As this story plays out, the filmmaker effectively weaves together elements from a variety of genres, including action-adventure tales, thrillers, emotionally touching dramas and road trip/buddy movies, successfully depicting the refugee saga for it truly is - a bittersweet experience filled with joys, triumphs, disappointments and tragedies. It draws much-needed attention to the plight of these downtrodden souls seeking safety from an insane conflict that's needlessly displacing so many innocents caught in the crossfire, just one of many such clashes currently occurring around the world. "Exodus" is a genuinely compelling watch, one that truly deserves a mainstream theatrical distribution, as well as recognition for the attention it so absorbingly draws to this urgently heartbreaking crisis.