Cairo, 2013: a disenchanted Egyptian populace takes to the streets. Those arrested are bunged into the back of a police van. The factions quickly divide between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and those backing the military, alongside a pair of neutral journalists and a mother determined to be detained with her son. With all sense of national unity in tatters and the violence on the outside ever-escalating can the prisoners find common ground and stand a chance of survival?
Mohamed Diab's economic use of space makes for a powerful and claustrophobic thriller.
★★★★ "A minor masterpiece of claustrophobia and expertly managed tension" - Jimi Famurewa, Empire
★★★★ "The film’s sheer bravura is breathtaking" - Trevor Johnston, Time Out
★★★★ "Stunning thriller" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian