Maktub

Ever wondered how you can change the world for the better? This movie will tell you just that. Based in Jerusalem, two mobsters, Steve and Chuma, survive a terrorist attack and decides to become guardian angels. The movie starts with the gangsters visiting restaurants to sample and critique dishes, and collecting money for their boss. During one of their meals, they retreated to the restroom to discuss a particular stain found on the shirt of Steve, arguing that it was either a blood stain or a stain from concentrated pomegranate sauce. While there, a bomb went off in the restaurant, killing their security personnel, Kadaev, who held a case filled with money from the collections of the day. Discovering that they could safely leave the restaurant, unnoticed by anyone, they took the case of money and left through the back door.

Outside, they contemplated how they need to visit the Wailing Wall to give thanks that they are still alive and didn’t go ‘kaput’ like everyone else. The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem is a place where people would write wishes and leave it in the cracks of the walls. At the Wall, Steve discovers that Chuma cannot hear him and he has blood oozing out his ear. He pulls out a paper from the Wall and writes a message to Chuma. Steve visits his boss and tells him he and Chuma wants out of the business and leads the boss to believe that Kadaev ran off with his money. Trusting Steve, the boss starts his investigation to find Kadaev while Steve goes back to Chuma’s place and convince him that they take the money as part of their retirement fund, go to New York in America, and open a Fish Kebab truck with their friend Zadok.

Steve uses the same paper her took from the Wall to transcribe his idea to Chuma, who still has hearing issues. Chuma turns over the paper only to discover it was a wish from the Wailing Wall. Understanding that they could help the person who wrote the wish, they analyze the situation and come up with a solution, then set out to achieve their goal. Being successful and feeling he could do more, Chuma tries to convince Steve that this was their purpose. The next day, Chuma dresses as a woman so that he can retrieve a wish from the female section, to even the gender gap.

The movie itself establishes the underlying importance that when you do good deeds, you should not expect anything in return or request payment for it. As with Karma, what goes around comes around so if you do good, expect good to follow. It is a dark comedy, ensued from a near-death experience resulting in a change of heart, which is what usually happens in present day reality. The movie, while well-timed, required a little patience to watch it to the end. The underlying sub-plot unfolded in the end, and can be emotionally moving if you allow yourself to sink deep within the scripted scenes.