Avengers directors' war movie for Netflix unveils trailer

Amy West
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Netflix

From Digital Spy

Netflix has unveiled its first trailer for upcoming war movie Mosul, ahead of its UK release date later this month.

Produced by Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, the film follows a SWAT unit from the titular Iraqi city, as they fight to liberate the area from ISIS militants. It takes place between 2014 and 2017.

Adam Bessa, who worked with the Russo Brothers and Marvel star Chris Hemsworth on Extraction, plays 21-year-old officer Kawa, who barely gets out alive when he gets involved in a firefight. Once the smoke clears, he meets the men who saved his life, the aforementioned team led by Jasem (Cherry's Suhail Dabbach) and is so moved by their bravery that he joins the group.

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Photo credit: Netflix

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Ben Affan (Damascus Cover), Waleed Elgadi (Four Lions), Hayat Kamille (Death on the Nile) and Thaer Al-Shayei (Being Human) also feature.

Since premiering at Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival in September 2019, Mosul has received mixed reviews from critics around the world.

"Mosul presents this feral battle as a chaotic middle that has no beginning or end," wrote Screen International's Lee Marshall. "It's an approach that leaves little space for emotional arcs, but there's just enough character interest to keep us engaged."

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Meanwhile, The Wrap's Ben Croll praised its "unrelenting action" and compared it to the likes of World War Z and The Kingdom, both of which were penned by writer-director Matthew Michael Carnahan.

"Mosul often feels like Call of Duty interrupted by the occasional call to prayer," argued Variety's Jessica Kiang.

Mosul lands on Netflix UK on Thursday, November 26.

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