Movie Clears Islamists of Persecuting Copts

Rahina (or The Hostage) is a new movie which directed by Sandra, written by Dr. Nabil Farouk; its scenario is written by Nader Salahuddin; the film tells the story of Mostafa, an Egyptian young man who traveled to Ukraine seeking a job opportunity; in the plane, he gets acquainted with a Christian Egyptian scientist called Makram Sahab who won Nobel Prize and is being kidnapped in the airport just after his arrival, by “Luhay” companions who seemingly belong to Islamic groups; this is the plot of the movie: its message and inquiries about the sectarian violence and persecuting Copts.

Mostafa attempts to search for the kidnapped scientist who left with him his own Laptop that contains his scientific projects on the nuclear energy while the kidnappers are seeking the laptop and confront Mostafa and his Muslim and Christian friends.
Then, the kidnapers declare, in a videotape broadcast on a satellite TV channel, killing the “infidel Christian” scientist who received the international prize through a nomination from an infidel Christian-leaning international scientist; a sedition erupts; the Muslim and Christian friends declare that they weren’t troubled by killing the Egyptian Christian scientist; Makram’s cousin emerges to represent the Diaspora Copts with their severe attack against Egypt, repeating accusations that Egypt has failed the Christians and doesn’t defend them.

After that, the gang kidnaps also Kilawy, Mostafa’s Christian friend, to negotiate with him on handing over Makram’s Laptop which he delivered to the embassy.
Mostafa goes to Farouk the security official in the embassy and demands to give him back the laptop; otherwise, he would confirm to the media that Egypt is not actually caring for the safety of Christians; thus he gives him the laptop; the writer indicates from this that there are attempts to blackmail Egypt under allegations of violence against Copts.

Mostafa goes to the gang that turns out to be a hired mafia gang, that it consists of non Muslims and that the Egyptian scientist Makram hasn’t been killed; he is actually kidnapped to benefit from his knowledge on the nuclear energy.

Mostafa- helped by the movie director’s (Sandra) unacceptable actions- manages to save his friend Kilawy and Makram Sahab through an extraordinary style that the story writer Nabil Farouk is used to write about the superhero of his thrillers, Adham Sabri.

Makram Sahab returns again and declares in a press conference that he is alive and demands the Egyptians in a very direct and clear message not to believe the rumors of sedition whether among Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq or among Muslims and Christians in Egypt, saying ” Don’t believe their reported rumour that there is a sedition among Sunnis and Shiites and that it is caused by Al-Qaeda or Al-Zarqawi, or that the Copts are persecuted in Egypt by Islamic groups or Copts, the source of seditions is an enemy to all of us who is always keen to ignite them”; after that, the gang leader, Nour, appears again after escaping a plane crash (!!!) with something like the Star of David drawn on her shoulder, indicating that the Jews have a role in igniting this sedition.

The film is good as a whole; it has tackled a sensitive issue in a distinguished manner, specially that the message is clear and direct to confirm the national unity and to give a wake-up call against the real enemy that plots against our Arab and Islamic world; we see- for the first time- a fair and unbiased view towards religiousness in the cinema like what is said by Bakr, a religious young man and the third friend of Mostafa; he says for example:” This doesn”t mean that every one with a beard is a terrorist “; and he also gives a logical view after all broadcast rumours and even after the statements declared by certain Islamic movements.
The cinematography was excellent with Sandra”s direction and her well designed battle scenes..

However, the dialogue is sometimes flawed as it disappeared in important areas of the movie for the sake of action; there is another mistake: that the movie makers did not separate between the figments of imagination of Nabil Farouk who writes this imagination on paper, and applying this imagination in a movie; this is because many unrealistic incidents took place in the battles, the most prominent of which is that Ahmed Ezz (Mostafa) fell twice in the sea (the first in a car and in the second he was aboard a plane) and he managed- in both incidents- to escape death and he even rescued those accompanying him.

The other mistake is in the same scene of the car in which the he is riding with Yasmin Abdul Aziz falls from above a mountain and he is driving the car saying ironically:”Peac and prayers be on the messenger of Allah” in a way indicating that he is confident that he won”t die?
I am not specialized in movie or entertainment criticism but these are my impressions about the movie that may be considered- if mistakes avoided- a distinguished model of a movie, taking into consideration that it is a good valuable work of art.