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26 September 2021

Captive viewing.

by Syd Briscoe

Dubai: “A Captivating Saga” - 66s

Dubai's tourism board continue their expensive bid to entice visitors with another glossy film trailer. Oddly disconnected from previous instalment 'A Five Star Mission', Zac Efron and Jessica Alba return to tease another nebulous action movie with non-specific dialogue, sleek action shots, and very little else.

There's also a token attempt at nodding to progressive(ish) values here, as Efron intones "If you make this, you'll be the first woman to ever do it" and Alba confidently replies "Or man." We're meant to applaud the 'empowering' nature of the film at this point... but, in light of the Princess Latifa saga, we can't quite bring ourselves to.

Cinematographer: Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing: tenthree Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Prod Producer: Jon Purton @ Electric Theatre Collective Ⓟ Ⓦ
VFX: Ryan Knowles
Compositor: Ryan Knowles Toby Aldridge, Sarah Crux, Ally Burnett, Ruben Llusia, Hani Alyousif
Sound Design: 750MPH Ⓟ Ⓦ

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