REVIEWS: Horror & SyFy — December 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

REVIEW: The Worthy (2016)

the-worthy-2016By Tim Tal

People trying to survive in a ravaged, post-apocalyptic world. We’ve seen this kind of story told a million times. This time, it’s slightly different – the story takes place in the Middle East, somewhere between UAE and Saudi Arabia.

A group of people, hiding from armed hostile terror bands, are living in an abandoned aircraft complex. Aside from possible hostile encouters with outsiders, another big problem for the group is water, most of which is contaminated.

The leader of the group, Idrees (Samer al Masri) is providing security for the remaining group, but his son, Eissa (Mahmoud Al Atrash) believes his father is not thinking about the future, and that the strategy of staying in one spot all the time is not wise enough. The father, of course, knows best. Or so it seems…

In any case, the group will soon to get tested for “worthiness”, as two outsiders, Mussa (Samer Ismail) and Gulbin (Maisa Abd Elhadi) end up in the camp, after a rough encounter with the outsiders.

So, when was the last time you’ve seen a film from United Arab Emirates, let alone a post-apocalyptic flick from that country? Probably never. If so, “The Worthy” is a great way to start.

One thing that should be instantly mentioned is the dubbing. The entire film is dubbed into English, so you wouldn’t have to go through pain reading the subtitles, missing half of what is going on the screen. The dubbing by itself is great by the way.

According to IMDb, “The Worthy” was shot entirely in Romania, which isn’t surprising – today you can shoot basically any kind of film in countries like Romania or Bulgaria. They got everything you might need and it’s cheaper too.

“The Worthy” doesn’t shine with a lot of action, yet there is gore, suspense and some vivid special effects to enjoy.

Although I have very poor knowledge of Emirati cinema, “The Worthy” on its own, is a solid post-apocalyptic film, worth seeing.

The acting is on the level (actors here come from Syria, Israel, Jordan, Palestine), the story is simple, but filled with certain elements from the Middle East, that could be of interest to those unaware.

Ultimately, the question of “The Worthy” is about balance. Balance between being human and being “worthy” of living in a world that has dramatically changed.

BZFILM SCALE: 7/10



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