Walk on Water: Mossad at Work

DATELINE: Multi-Lingual Approach to Nazis

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We must admit that intelligent gay movies are far and few between, but this one is a treasure. Put aside young coming out stories; this one is about a dangerous Mossad agent/killer who must track down a Nazi war criminal in his dotage and kill him.

Walk on Water is another Israeli film that finds drama and suspense in characters on the periphery of the gay world. You don’t normally find such cerebral films in the American gay movie canon.

Along the way, the deadly intelligence agent must deal with the gay grandson of the Nazi. The film moves in two parts between a visit to Israel by the German heir to the Nazi mantle, and a trip to Berlin by the agent to trap his prey.

The ultimate issue is whether people are responsible for the sins of their fathers (or grandfathers). The firebrand Israeli agent begins to have doubts, and the young German descendant is equally appalled by the skinheads around him.

Throw the gay angle into the mix, and you have another element of the crypto-Nazi doctrine and the Zionist advocate that is exposed from both sides: after all, the concentration camps killed both Jews and homosexuals.

The Israeli agent is working under the stress and post-trauma of having a license to kill—and then finding his wife a victim of suicide over his lifestyle. He finds himself in an emotional roller-coaster with a German brother and sister.

If you want a movie with an intelligent premise, this certainly is up there—above and beyond anything that might be called a gay movie, with a major character in a heroic role. This is a gay-theme wrapped in an enigma within a mystery.

 

 

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Unlocked: Bloom of Youth Gone?

 DATELINE: Spies Who Came in from the Heat

bloom Fading Bloom?

Unlocked is a gender-bender spy tale in which the producers take a routine story and make the hero a heroine, casting the burned-out case of an agent from man to woman. In this case it is Noomi Rapace or is that Roomi Napace?

You can’t tell CIA agent without a scorecard or iPO address.

She is a manly girl, and so is her butch boss, Toni Collette, playing one of those MI6 supervisors in conflict with her American counterpart in the CIA, John Malkovich.

There is some deadpan humor evident, but the main point is whom can you trust? And is anyone really dead?

Don’t make any bets.

Michael Douglas is Noomi’s mentor in a few clipped scenes. He takes a clip or two more than once.

Orlando Bloom looks haggard and covered in tattoos to diminish his once-boyish charms as some kind of thug-cum-wish-come-true.

Yes, there are twists galore and violence unremitting as we try to figure out who the terrorists are and why they are so sympathetic. It seems their cell in London wants to downplay terror attacks in multi-cultural London.

We recall the days when it was New York City that was the melting pot, but times and spies change the war terms.

The film is utterly brazen in its attempt to create a franchise, following the exploits of this female James Bond hopeful. Most of the cast likely could return in one role or another as the spies who loved each other.

 

 

Endeavour 5.5: Quartet

DATELINE:  Bond, Endeavour Bond

Endeavour as Bond Shaun Bond, or Smiley Evans?

The latest episode called “Quartet”, set in 1968, at the height of the James Bond and Spy Who Came in from the Cold, sent Endeavour Morse (Shaun Evans) into the world of foreign agents and double-crosses with Communists.

It’s not a far jump from an international festival murder at Oxford to the world of mysterious secret agents. A child is collateral damage during spy versus spy, which incenses Endeavour. Call this a kind of Bond meets John LeCarre!

As Inspector Thursday states, they are not “danger men” referring to the series starring Patrick McGoohan back then as a secret agent man. The police are ordered to back off the case, but Morse soon finds himself working undercover too with all those 00 types.

When members of the Special Branch ask to meet Morse and tell him to wear a dinner jacket, he shows up like Bond for a meeting with a couple of weasels that would make George Smiley smile.

The British have always had a spot for traitors and communists in the government and, in the words of one double agent, little people. The ones you don’t notice are the hired assassins.

They even try to garotte Morse, and they hijack murder victims to cover up the covert stuff.

Though there seems to be an unrelated case of domestic abuse going on in the mundane world of Thursday’s precinct, it may all tie in to billionaire perfume makers, East German dentures, and girlfriends who run off to take photos in Vietnam.

This season Endeavour offers two bonus episodes, and this high quality makes us wish they could make many more.

Yes, the series is already down for a sixth and likely final season.