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3.0
211 Ratings

Camp X-Ray

Directed by Peter Sattler
United States, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

A young soldier escapes her suffocating small town by joining the military, only to find that she isn’t going for a tour of duty in Iraq as she hoped. Instead, she’s sent to Guantanamo.

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Camp X-Ray Directed by Peter Sattler
The movie… certainly has its heart in the right place, but coming after the meticulously researched likes of Michael Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” it feels distractingly trite, capped by a ridiculous, button-pushing coda that might as well have been called "The Bridges of Guantanamo County.
January 27, 2014
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While the film makes an admirable effort to address topics (and a place) that many in the U.S. would prefer to ignore, it will disappoint anyone looking for a grittier, uncompromising approach. And, acting aside, Stewart might be the least convincing soldier since Michael J. Fox in Casualties of War. However, for the significant portion of the moviegoing public who favor a superficial narrative that tugs at the heart strings, Maadi’s performance fits the bill.
January 24, 2014
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It’s hard not to spend this much time in this prison setting, noticing both the framing of Mooadi and Stewart — talking to each other by looking more or less into the camera — and Stewart’s ongoing evocation of a hard-knock Jodie Foster and not think about The Silence of the Lambs. There’s a similar, less perverse tenderness at work here that’s as naively optimistic as it is depressingly resolved. You’re curious to see where Sattler takes his big themes and polish next.
January 21, 2014
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