The Green Prince

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  • Summary: As a defiant teenager growing up in Palestine, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in prison. Shaken by Hamas’s brutality within the prison’s walls and a growing disgust for their methods, particularly suicide bombing, he had an unexpectedAs a defiant teenager growing up in Palestine, Mosab Hassan Yousef’s fervor against Israel was unquestionable, ultimately landing him in prison. Shaken by Hamas’s brutality within the prison’s walls and a growing disgust for their methods, particularly suicide bombing, he had an unexpected change of heart and began to see Hamas as more of a problem than a solution. Recruited by the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security agency) and given the code name "Green Prince," he spied on the Hamas elite for over a decade, constantly risking exposure and certain death while grappling with the perception that he had betrayed his own family and people. Along the way, what started as a cautious alliance between Mosab and his Shin Bet handler Gonen Ben Yitzhak grew into an enduring loyalty that no one could have predicted. [Music Box Films] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Sep 19, 2014
    88
    The Green Prince is an extraordinary achievement. It has all the suspense of a great espionage yarn, but it's also a powerful moral document that calls into question the tactics of terrorism.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 11, 2014
    80
    More than just a morality tale, The Green Prince is a thrill-a-minute spy caper too strange to be real, though it is.
  3. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Oct 9, 2014
    75
    A narrative documentary thriller that effectively employs many elements of a John le Carré spy novel: international intrigue, arresting twists and turns, and characters with complicated motivations.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    If The Green Prince sustains the tension of a well-executed thriller, it is achieved at the cost of a dispassionate objectivity.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 11, 2014
    70
    Despite being an aesthetic bore, The Green Prince sets itself apart from the nonfiction pack via a recent story of two unlikely comrades’ heroic sacrifice, moral courage, and cross-cultural dedication to peace that’s not only gripping, but all too timely.
  6. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Oct 22, 2014
    67
    There is much pain, and any number of deeply philosophical questions posed, if not answered. This is very powerful stuff, but what you ultimately make of it will have a lot to do with the politics you bring to watching it.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Jul 7, 2014
    50
    An extraordinarily engrossing tale becomes an extremely uncinematic experience in the hands of Israeli documentarian Nadav Schirman.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 15, 2014
    8
    Good movie... good suspense throughout a couple lulls and repetitive scenes but overall i thoroughly enjoyed and thought it was worth seeingGood movie... good suspense throughout a couple lulls and repetitive scenes but overall i thoroughly enjoyed and thought it was worth seeing and a good piece of history. Expand

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