Sacha Baron Cohen has given us all another nudge that being a comedian calls for some serious acting skills too, which the satiric has showcased in “The Spy,” a Netflix series based on true events.
The series revolves around the series of events that held in 1960s, and has been termed as the Israeli version of James Bond, with a bold edge and continual sense of suspense and thrill. To recreate the 90s era, The Spy has been shot in washed-out tones, by directer Gideon Raff, who also directed another Netflix series “Homeland”.
The brief series of six episodes casts Sacha Baron Cohen as Eli Cohen, an Israeli Mossad agent who cleverly penetrated the Syrian government and established himself among the big-wigs to gain access to their covert political dealings. Despite living happily with his family, Cohen opted for this risky mission.
The miniseries shows the real-life exploits of the Mossad Agent 88, Eli Cohen. The story follows the immediate years before the 1967 war between Israel and Syria over Golan Heights. The events span across Cohen’s past in Egypt where he was rejected by the army over loyalty concerns, to his appointment in the Syrian Ministry of Defense.
Under the Mossad training and plan, he assumed the identity of Kamel Amin Thaabet, a trader with roots back in Syria.
During his time in Syria as an Israeli agent, he manages to charm the future president Amin al-Hafiz, a claim termed as completely fictional by the critics. The series will keep you engaged till the end as each scene unfolds a new suspense.
The Spy is more of a John le Carre sort of espionage story, where the constant risk of exposure and death hovers against a backdrop of tricks and feints.
On Rotten Tomatoes, The Spy has received an 84% approval rating, with an average review rating of 6.93 on 10. The viewers have given overall favorable reviews and thumbs up to the series.