Cruz Wins This One
50%Overall Score

Streaming on Netflix

Written and directed by Olivier Assayas, Wasp Network is a political thriller involving Cuban espionage. The story is based on true events in 1990, when Rene Gonzalez (Edgar Ramirez) just ups and leaves his wife Olga (Penelope Cruz) and their young daughter in Cuba and goes to Miami. He and a few others, who declare themselves as defectors, become a part of the Wasp Network, Cuban state-funded spies who are given the responsibility of infiltrating the anti-Castro organizations in Miami, Florida. The movie is based on a book The Last Soldiers on the Cold War by Fernando Morais.

Cruz is stunning as an unwitting martyr

When Rene leaves her, it is on Olga to not only fend for herself but also their daughter, and mind you, these were tough times in Cuba. Cruz’s restraint is commendable and she brings depth to her character. Her emotional sequence toward the end of the film is a masterclass. The pathos of the film rests a lot on her and she’s impressive as hell.

A beautiful film with a beautiful cast

Wasp Network is made of some amazingly shot scenes and a talented, good-looking cast. The film is a delight to watch. Stuck in a similar predicament with respect to her marital life is Ana Margarita (Ana de Armas) and her husband Juan Pablo (Narcos star Wagner Moura) and both are impressive.

But the plot is hella blotchy

The film has a lot of key characters and we see all of their backstories in bit and pieces. It’s an interesting narrative except that the film’s fumbled script seems cramped, leaving little room for fluidity. You will feel a little lost sometimes and that’s not on you.

Wasp Network can make for a one-time watch if you absolutely love a spy story. Watch it for Penelope Cruz and if you are a fan of the Narcos star Wagner Moura.

Director: Olivier Assayas
Writer: Olivier Assayas
Cast: Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Wagner Moura
Language: Spanish, English
Streaming on: Netflix