Miral (2011) – By Brian Morton

Terrorism is definitely something that is on everybody’s mind in every country lately. A new movie from Anchor Bay, Miral, takes us ‘behind the scenes’ of a terrorist, how someone becomes one and why you’d even consider it.

Our story takes place in Palestine, it begins in the 40s, just before the state of Israel was created and follows events through the present day. Basically, the filmmaker is showing us the history and not just an account of today’s events…which gives it some better perspective for us. Miral is a young girl who’s never known a time when Israel wasn’t a nation, and has never known a time when Israeli soldiers weren’t monitoring everyone’s movements. She falls in with a crowd of Palestinians who are revolutionaries and soon finds herself mixed up with the ‘wrong’ crowd.

In the end, we realize that both sides have their pros and cons, and that you should learn the total situation before taking the side of anyone in a political conflict. Miral doesn’t excuse or confuse terrorism with patriotism, it’s really a movie about taking a huge international issue and making it personal, showing us the people who desperately want peace and those who want it but don’t know how to get it.

I’m giving Miral 4 out of 4 cigars, it’s infinitely watchable, the acting is great and the story is compelling from start to finish! This is a movie that really deserves all the awards that it will (no doubt) win! Grab a copy for yourself over at http://www.anchorbayent.com.