Dunkirk, Mubarakan and more hit cinemas in Oman this week

26 Jul 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

This week, Y’s movie critic, Kevin McIndoe, takes a look at Dunkirk, Mubarakan, Youm Min Al Ayam and Seven Sisters.


For those of you who don’t know, Dunkirk was the turning point in the Second World War, in more ways
than one.

The battle encompassed the evacuation of British and Allied forces from the French harbour town in
May 1940.

As the German Third Reich forced them into the sea, around 340,000 troops were picked up by plucky civilians in boats who had sailed across the English Channel to assist the Royal Navy rescue mission.

Of course, if you wanted to be picky, you could argue that it wasn’t exactly a victory; more a glorious retreat of the Allied troops who came back to fight another day. And in Dunkirk, the role of dogged French troops has largely been ignored, too.

Still, Hollywood has sought to rewrite history in its own US image when it suits, and so stiff-upper-lipped, starch-collared British drama from a bygone age has been big at the box office this year e.g. Viceroy’s House, A United Kingdom). It’s good for business, clearly.

However, unlike some of those spotty efforts that seek to radiate a rose-tinted view of yesteryear, Dunkirk pulsates with action, power, pluck, patriotism and an underlying avowal of what really put the “Great” into Great Britain.

It’s a simply earth-shattering effort from director Christopher Nolan, who has joined that august club of great war directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone and Kathryn Bigelow.

Dunkirk is a perfect showcase for some of the best British and Irish actors around: Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance and Cillian Murphy.

However, it does have the foppish former boyband star Harry Styles in it; presumably to bring the teens in. At least the dear chap has cut his hair.

I say, chaps; this is a rare treat.

Review by Kevin McIndoe.


Karan and Charan are identical twins who couldn’t be more different. Karan has grown up in London and is smart, savvy and sophisticated while Charan, who has grown up in Punjab, is down-to-earth, diligent and honest.

When Karan’s marriage is arranged for him to marry into one of the wealthiest families in London, he is not that keen (surprisingly). He suggests his brother takes his place. However his sibling is rather more taken with the fragrant Nafisa. It’s not the first time on film twins have threatened to swap places but this doesn’t go overboard on the farce and is all the more enjoyable as a result. Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor star.

Youm Min Al Ayam

Stalwart Egyptian star Mahmoud Hemida plays an indefatigable bus driver ferrying around a number of couples at different stages in both their lives and relationships. This romantic drama manages to focus on each couple but does so skilfully without making each partnership look disparate. Of course, ensemble pieces have been done before (The VIPs, Ship of Fools etc) but this is a charming patchwork of nuanced performances in a film that is beautifully shot (despite being set around a bus terminus), well-paced and nicely acted.  At least one scenario should strike a chord with someone somewhere, which is, basically, the beauty of cinema.

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Seven Sisters

I’m quite partial to a dystopian sci-fi thriller, and if one is to star two of the world’s most watchable and forceful actresses i.e. Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close, the premise looks good. In this, it’s a world in which overpopulation has resulted in one-parent families, and seven sisters named after the days of the week (all played by Rapace) have to pretend to be one person to avoid the attention of the sinister Child Allocation Bureau. I’m not sure if the two protagonists will be at loggerheads, but if they are then we’re in for a treat. It’s not simply going to be handbags at dawn; that’s for sure.

Oman Release Date : August 17

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