Having not watched the film variation of Carlos I can only assume it is similar to this. Condensed, eventually to the point of obfuscation, Wasp peddles in the same territory, calculating a personal cost for living a political life. I admire the dedication (and first half) of the film, no denying it torpedoes into plot reveals and details that lost sight of any human connection. 4 hour cut please 2.5
Olivier Assayas' 'Wasp Network' had the opportunity for substantial dramatic material with its fascinating based-on-a-true-story plot and a star-studded cast. Unfortunately, the story is so jam-packed with various narratives and characters it becomes convoluted, confusing, and tiring to watch. Quite a mess.
This is hard work to watch. High complication. Overlong. Cheap production. Bad cinematography. The story is interesting, but there is almost no thrill at all. Penelope Cruz can't exploit her talent. The male actors are acting like they have pulled the handbrakes. The little action scenes are made so poorly so it becomes ridiculous. It's neither a drama or a (political) thriller or a crime story. 1,5 stars.
★★½ While there are moments of both good action and drama in there, I think the film is extremely messy and unfocused in everything it tries to do. The actors shine through with some really calm and collected performances, and the cinematographer is really nice, but I feel empty after watching this, almost opinionless.
This is bad in a very strange way. It has this unusual monotone quality... all the scenes seem equally flat and unimportant... there's no apparent progression, pivotal time, climax... it's all (intentionally?) dull. I think Assayas aimed to replicate Carlos but he failed big this time.
[Netflix] A correct political thriller that has a wrong director. Olivier Assayas elaborates a story that is sometimes confusing, and mixes genres randomly. A mainstream production that has a good list of great Latin American actors that do a good job. But that is not enough.
A major production shot through official channels in both Miami and Havana. Firstly: a major achievement, a genuine historical Event. A number of Assayas films evoke Hitch's TOPAZ. Much ado sur l'opacité des relations internationales. WASP NETWORK is, however, clearer than naysayers let on. O. A.'s screenplay is a masterclass, the cutting is exquisite. One liability: a general thinness vis-à-vis Welt gestalten.