The Gatekeepers Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Gatekeepers

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    National secrets unlocked.

  • Starring:

    Yuval Diskin, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter, Yaacov Peri, Carmi Gillon, Ami Ayalon

  • Directed by:

    Dror Moreh

  • Running time:

    101 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Frequent archival footage of missile launches, targeted attacks, gunshots, people fired upon, burning debris, rioting, rock-throwing, explosions, soldiers in tanks, troops carrying rifles, hooded extremists, jets carrying out air raids, prisoners-of-war, refugee camps, jailed men, devastation. War captives are blindfolded, marched, shoved, held under guard (archival), hooded (re-enactment). Satellite footage of a car being bombed (unseen occupants killed). Photographs of exploded bus (debris, wreckage, corpses seen). A bus is hijacked; occupants killed, imprisoned, beaten (real footage and some re-enactment). Assassinations, military operations, brutal beatings, attacks, imprisonment, killing people, suicide bombings, interrogation techniques (sleep deprivation, torture, shaking, intimidation), death in custody, Semtex, terrorist plots, sabotage discussed. Beatings, murder, lynching, castration, terrorism, wounded/killed soldiers, arrests, hijacking, jihadists, World War II mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpses in mangled wrecks, wounded victims on stretchers, coffins, skeleton. Injured victim covered in blood (photo). Blood on faces, objects, bandage. Broken bones, burning bodies, dead innocents mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Male prisoners paraded in underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (photograph of people with beer, shots). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Heavy religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Shin Bet, national security, counterterrorism, surveillance, terrorism, Six-Day War, Palestine, Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, PLO, Hamas, jihadists, interrogation, intelligence, identification, state secrets, the Mossad, Lebanon War (1982), recruitment, operatives, leadership, authority, morality, ethics, orders, tactics, strategy, insurrection, Oslo Accords, antisemitism, peace-keeping, Jewish Underground, collateral damage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Shaken baby syndrome mentioned. Funeral, prison settings. Helicopter sounds. Horses, donkeys, dog. Hebrew language (subtitled).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Hot, provocative, revelatory, astonishing, potent, eye-opening, candid, riveting, disturbing, amazing, unsettling, exemplary, valuable, compelling, self-critical, hopeful, stark, brutal, honest, in-depth, fascinating, shocking, cautionary, sobering. Expertly selected newsreel footage, intriguing subjects, blunt commentary, vivid history of Israel-Palestine conflict, brilliant use of sources, ominous soundtrack, unprecedented access to interviewees.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Leaves itself open to controversy, criticism. Some newsreel footage stretched out of correct aspect ratio is technically unsightly.

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