Thursday, April 9, 2015

THE (Vomit) GREEN PRINCE

THE GREEN PRINCE (הנסיך הירוק), directed by Nadav Schirman, is one of many recent slickly-produced English-language documentaries that is a blatant grab at American and British audiences that are susceptible to neoconservative ideological state apparatuses.  Based on the memoir SON OF HAMAS: A GRIPPING ACCOUNT OF TERROR, BETRAYAL, POLITICAL INTRIGUE, AND UNTHINKABLE CHOICES by Mosab Hassan Yousef, the film tells the life story of Mosab, the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the major spiritual leaders/co-founders of Hamas, and how he sold his family and people out as a collaborator with the Shin Bet, all while finding a friend in his Shin Bet controller and the redemptive power of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
It's difficult to put into words just how bizarre this man is.  He claims his motivations were pure and humanitarian, that he was hoping to protect both his family and innocent Israelis.  But a simple glance at his recent blog post about the Islamic State shows where his true ideology lies:
Wherever I go in the world, people ask me about ISIS. And I advise them to ignore the endless debates about the peaceful versus violent nature of Islam and take a long, hard look at the Islamic State. ISIS is Islam, exposed in all its cruelty and ugliness, unchanged since Muhammad.
The atrocities committed by ISIS are merely an extension of the atrocities committed by Islam’s prophet.
The true Five Pillars of Islam are: Slaughter, Intolerance, Oppression, Hatred, and Global Dominion, because Muhammad was a slaughterer, intolerant, oppressive, hateful, and drove his armies to destroy everything and everyone that stood in the way of his establishment of a world caliphate.
Oh really?
Besides being pure political science fiction, this movie is also just BORING.  I honestly found myself passing out from ennui when I tried watching this.  For all the flashy production values and slick cinematography, Mosab comes off as pretentious and whiny.  His Shin Bet controller, a hunk of talking meat named Gonen ben Yitzhak, has all the appeal of matzah ball soup.  Even THE GATEKEEPERS, an apologia for police brutality and murder, had some notion of suspense and how to at least engage audiences.  If given the choice between watching THE GREEN PRINCE and drying green paint, I'd choose the paint in a heartbeat.

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