A Review of The Sympathizer  

In the new HBO series The Sympathizer, the protagonist wonders, “Is this necessary?” Is every new assignment he does as a North Vietnamese communist plant in the South Vietnamese secret police necessary.....

....Are the crimes he encounters while spanning the Vietnam and American wars necessary? Is re-education, his U.S. contacts' casual bigotry, and loyalty tests necessary....

....Too bad Park Chan-wook and Don McKellar didn't think of the same question.   

As audiences endure The Sympathizer's startling tonal swings, harmful diversions from its original material, and Robert Downey Jr.'s multi-part performance, they may wonder: Is this necessary?  

The Sympathizer follows “The Captain” (Hoa Xuande), an anonymous double agent from Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, in flashback.   

The spy thriller and culture-clash satire follows The Captain from boyhood to his CIA and South Vietnamese government jobs to the Fall of Saigon and life as a refugee in Los Angeles, but it lacks continuity and rhythm.   

In a standout performance, Xuande exudes the wit and charisma of a spy and a “man of two faces,” which in this story means his biracial identity as the son of a Vietnamese mother and a French father....

...his commitment to his “blood brothers” (one a South Vietnamese soldier and the other a communist comrade), and finding his place in both his home country and the US after the Vietnam War.  

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