May 4, 2013
Stunning, Reflective Movie that Doesn't Overdo the Violence
The Gatekeepers is a movie about people struggling with their choices over decades to reduce a growing tide of violence in Israel following the 1967 War. There's enough footage of protests, car bombings, and targeted assassinations to frame the movie's context, but the violence is not overly done. Instead, this movie's drama lies in reflections of the previous heads of the Israel Secret Service. These men wrestle with the meaning and weight of their decisions and the collateral moral damage and existential questions that haunt them years/decades later. The movie is a compellingly honest self-reflection on the shades of grey that exist in the world where truth depends on one's point of view and there can be many truths, even though we seek certainty. The unanswered questions that drive this movie make it as compelling, if not more, than equally profound movies that offer a more decisive conclusion. The Gatekeepers will stick with you long after the ending credits roll.
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