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Wasp Network Review

Wasp Network Review

It’s always difficult to watch a director end a streak of excellent, or at least interesting, movies with one that is just flat out disappointing. After a run of more than a decade that included acclaimed, awarded, and frequently discussed films like Summer Hours, Clouds of Sils Maria, Carlos, and Personal Shopper, French writer-director Olivier Assayas has come up way short with his new film, Wasp Network.

And it’s a damn shame too, because Assayas has assembled a fine cast led by Penelope Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal, Edgar Ramirez and Ana de Armas, and there are flashes of greatness and eloquence within Wasp Network’s very long two hours. But instead of focusing on the personal drama that is hidden within the film, Assayas seems to have wanted to make an epic, and the result is a shapeless, tedious mess that has to stop twice to sum up

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