Spider in the Web 2019 is a well-crafted, reasonably cunning spy thriller starring Ben Kingsley as an aged Israeli agent on the hunt for proof of a company’s complicity in helping arm Syria with chemical and biological weapons.’
It hangs on the urbane, wily charms of its star, on Kingsley’s ability to sell a warm anecdote, to look at home in any sophisticated setting, to play the man who knows a good Cohiba, a good cognac and a good intel “asset” when he sees one.
As he’s played such men, of varying degrees of cunning, since “Pascali’s Island,” it comes as no surprise that he pulls off this Antwerp antiques dealer-by-day, master spy-by-night chap with his usual aplomb.
A tale “inspired by true events,” this Israeli production is set during the period of the Syrian civil war when President for Life Assad was bombing his own people with chemical weapons.
Simon Bell, the cover name for Avram (Kingsley), is working his favorite source, an expat Syrian general. When he says “The woman will lead you to it,” Avram/Simon takes it seriously.
“Forty years on the job, I don’t go looking for sense any more.”
Spider in the Web