Wasp Network (2020) A Review

And so Edgar Ramirez returns to Netflix in another Thriller only a couple of weeks after the disaster that was Last Days of American Crime.  Can he redeem himself in this Cuban Political Thriller?

Certificate: 15

Director: Olivier Assayas

Screenwriter: Olivier Assayas

Starring: Ana de Armas, Edgar Ramírez, Penélope Cruz

Genre: Thriller

Runtime: 123 Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Wasp Network tells the story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.  They infiltrated exile groups in the USA in the 90s in order to prevent terrorist attacks on Cuba.

This film tries to tell five distinct narratives in it’s two hour runtime, and sadly, does not do it with the greatest of success.  Rene’s storyline comes out of this OK, but all together the story becomes altogether too convoluted and interwoven, and the film is trying far too hard by including so many stories.  Sticking to just one or two would have meant the audience would get more emotionally involved with the characters story and would have streamlined the plot a lot more.  Solving for me, some of the pacing issues.

Although dealing with some really interesting subjects and a really fascinating political time and situation, some how this film manages to come of as boring.  With subject matter this juicy, you would have thought it would be easy to make an interesting story out of it.  But it weighs too heavily on politics and politics does not a good movie make.  I need a bit more action in my films to really keep me invested.

Ana De Armas is the real star of course; she usually is in any feature that she stars in.  She is involved in one of the more interesting storylines and has some of the more emotionally charged scenes, so she has lot more to work with than a lot of the others.  After seeing ‘Last Days of American Crime’ Edgar Ramirez had a lot of making up to do.  But it seems like he has moved from one dull thriller to another.  Granted he plays a much more complex character here, and one with an interesting story, but this cant make up for the conventionality of the story, and the lack of excitement.

This is a painfully average thriller with nothing to really make it stand out from a hundred others like it that Netflix has to offer.  If you have run out of those to watch I guess this is worth a couple hours of your time, but you won’t remember it in a month’s time when you have no doubt watched things that are five times as good.

Wasp Network is available to stream on Netflix now.

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