“My poor boy, you don’t remember your name?” said a Rabbi to a man jotting down what looked like a farewell letter in one of the opening scenes of The Spy. This does happen to be the gist of the series since it keeps the audience wondering what happened? The Spy takes you back to what happened and how this particular scene came about.
The Spy is a 6 episodes espionage miniseries thriller inspired by true events written and directed by Gideon Raff and Max Perry centered around the life of top Mossad agent Eli Cohen played by Sacha Baron Cohen. It is set in the 1960s and rotates around how Eli Cohen as Kamel Amin Thaabet manages to carry out high-level undercover operations work for his country Israel.
One of the main intriguing parts of this series which makes it a must-watch is the choice of the main character: Sacha Baron Cohen known more for his appearances in mainly comedy shows, fans will gladly want to watch how he portrays this unfamiliar role, a real-life Mossad agent Eli.
Agent Eli Cohen masquerading as Kamel Amin Thaabeth manages to move through the Syrian power hierarchy by positioning himself in positions of help to top Syrian officials and convincing doubters about his loyalty to Syria.
Along this journey, Eli collects intel which he sends back home to his handlers. As the series moves on, Eli is torn between blind obligations to his country or his marital obligations to his wife.
The Spy is a 6 episodes espionage miniseries thriller inspired by true events written and directed by Gideon Raff and Max Perry
As Eli carries out his mission in Syria, his handler Dan Peleg (Noah Emmerich) who is weighed down by a heavy bag of guilt of his former agent who was killed after he was uncovered battles to update his family about Eli’s kind of work abroad most especially Eli’s wife Nadia (Hadar Ratzon Rotem). Peleg had to lie about Eli’s operations and also spend time with Nadia who for part of the series was pregnant.
The Spy is based on Uri Dan and Yeshayahu Ben’s book, The Spy which highlights on spies that came from Israel and although the events in the book tend to be more dramatized than the actual events, the series uniquely manages to keep its main plot of an Israeli spy in Syria.
Just like other similar Netflix shows like When They See Us and Chernobyl which were also inspired by true events, The Spy is also one of those must watch TV series.
By the end of the six episodes, one finds themselves enjoying the fan bit of the show while getting a good lesson of history between the two countries involved.
Director: Gideon Raff
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon-Rotem, Yael Eitan
Producers: Gideon Raff, Sacha Baron Cohen
Companies: Legende Films, Canal+, Netflix
Release Dates: September 6, 2019
Newslibre Rating: 8/10
Genres: Drama, Espionage thriller
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Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.