Trailer Talk: The Red Sea Diving Resort


Trailers are a work of art on their own, and sometimes they can be better than the actual movie (see Suicide Squad). But for the most part, trailers do a great job selling the movie they are for. So let's look at a trailer and see what we can glean from it.

Today's trailer is The Red Sea Diving Resort, a Netflix Original Film that is based on a true story.



I was not aware of the true story this was based on, so the trailer did a great job in summing up the plot in a concise manner. This one will definitely have some "edge of your seat" moments a kin to that of Schindler's List and Captain Phillips it seems.

Chris Evans (the best Chris) stars in his first post Avengers: Endgame role, while still sporting the Avengers: Infinity War beard. Evans is great in roles outside of Captain America, like in Snowpiercer and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. He is joined by The Wire's Michael Kenneth Williams, as well as Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michiel Huisman, Chris Chalk, Greg Kinnear and Ben Kingsley.

Netflix movies have been very hit and miss, but this one looks like it will be great. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a small theatrical run later to qualify for award season.

These kind of stories always resonate with me. I love people in power being responsible and helping the less fortunate. That hardly ever happens, so when it does it is worth telling the story.

Evans and Kingsley look solid as always, but the trailer hints at Williams stealing the show. Granted, Williams steals the show in everything that he is in, but it is more difficult to do with a cast like this.

Gideon Raff wrote and directed The Red Sea Diving Resort. While I am not very familiar with him, he wrote a handful of Homeland episodes, which is cut from the same cloth as this film, so his sensibilities will work well here.

Netflix needs to up their game with the impending arrival of all these new streaming services happening. With Disney + launching soon, and HBO MAX (Warner Media's streaming service) and Universal's upcoming streaming service in the wings, Netflix will find that they will have more competition than ever before. Things like The Red Sea Diving Resort will help combat those other services.

...Maybe. That is the thing with trailers. Trailers are almost always tight because they are 1-3 minutes long. If the movie doesn't reflect what was sold in the trailer, that could be bad news. Based off of the trailer, it seems like we are in for a treat. But we won't know for sure until the film releases at the end of the month.

I will definitely check it out, and you can expect a review of it here soon after.

The Red Sea Diving Resort hits Netflix July 31st.

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