Chris Evans Makes Major Career Mistake Following ‘Avengers: Endgame’: Role in ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ Too Akin to Steve Rogers
Chris Evans — notably tied to the righteous, shield-wielding Captain America, who he portrayed for nearly a decade — is working to make strides outside the Marvel landscape. Evans is set to appear in a filmic reimagining of the BBC’s Jekyll as a descendant of the infamous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as a curse word connoisseur in Knives Out.
Soon to take on roles quite divergent from the superhero he is intimately tied to, it may have been wise for Evans to skip over The Red Sea Diving Resort (currently available for streaming on Netflix).
The Red Sea Diving Resort is based on a true story following a group of Isreali Mossad Agents and Ethiopians who used an abandoned holiday resort to evacuate Jewish Ethiopians from Sudan to Israel in 1984. Though this a story that deserves to be told, it deserved more respect in the telling.
Currently boasting a 27% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film had the potential to be a suspenseful spy thriller, drawing attention to the Ethiopian refugees’ resilience and determination; however, it wound up feeling like the A-Team meets Argo.
Unfortunately, the movie is a cliche-ridden spectacle that turns real-life individuals into flat caricatures — resorting to cheesy lines and over-the-top depictions to spin yet another white savior tale. As for Chris Evans, Steve Rogers merely became Ari Levinson – taking a team of anti-heroes on a mission to save refugees. Thanos may be gone, and Evans may have dropped the shield, but he is still holding the Rogers mantle.
Chris Evans’ Ari Levinson in ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ mirrored Captain America
Chris Evans should have guaranteed that his follow-up to Steve Rogers would show his competency outside superhero land. All he did was relinquish his powers; he remains just as righteous, just as determined, and just as morally superior as ever.
In one moment, Ari Levinson (Evans) says, “If we don’t do something, no one will.” With the same straight-faced look, undercut with a hint of sobriety and gloom, Evans becomes Steve Rogers. At this moment, you cannot help but recall the famous Avengers line, “Some people move on. But not us.”
Evans is not only a hero, but he is also the leader once again; Ari Levinson is forced to remind the other heroes of why they got into the savior business in the first place. It’s all too familiar; it’s all too mimetic and uninspired, and Chris Evans’ casting is, unfortunately, part of the problem.
When people choose to see a movie, especially one intended to depict history, they want to escape into the narrative. The Red Sea Diving Resort was not some artistic feat designed to represent Hollywood or movie-making on a larger scale; it was a story designed to illustrate history with equal parts heart and sincerity. Unfortunately, viewers were unable to enter this new story when all they saw was an old, overdone Evans.
Not to mention, the overwrought one-liners and camera shots designed to create the illusion of a united front subjugated an important moment in history at the expense of lazy, entertainment value. Evans not only chose the wrong role; he chose the wrong movie, and he failed to make a splash that would have prevented future type-casting.