The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (2007)

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The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair represents a follow-up to husband-and-wife filmmaking team Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's critically-worshipped, defiantly nonpartisan documentary Gunner Palace (2004), on the day-to-day of American soldiers stationed on the Iraqi front. In that earlier picture, Tucker and Epperlein stumble across Yunis Khatayer Abbas, a Middle Eastern man who merely confesses, "I am a journalist," before American soldiers drag him off to incarceration. The … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
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On DVD: Jun 5, 2007
Runtime:
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... a chillingly pitch-black comedy of errors ...

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
Los Angeles Times
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[Abbas'] story demands to be heard, though Tucker and Epperlein lack the material for a full feature and pad this out to 73 minutes with some incongruously playful elements.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Abbas could tell his interrogators nothing they wanted to know, but everything we needed to know about their tactics.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's an angry story, but also a strangely hopeful one, in the sense of new life sprouting through a battlefield. Above all, it's personal and specific, and that is news we can use.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Boston Globe
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The Prisoner doesn't try to put the entire war in context or offer broad solutions. It's a focused slice of the war, covering an issue that you've probably wondered about but haven't seen in many other places.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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A modestly mounted, but curiously poignant little documentary which somehow -- quietly, devastatingly -- shows and tells you more than you may perhaps want to know about the dehumanization implicit in the mighty, blighted Iraqi adventure.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
TIME Magazine
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Audience Reviews for The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

[font=Century Gothic]"The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" is an eye-opening documentary about Iraqi journalist Yunis Khatayer Abbas who in the wee hours of September 23, 2003 was detained along with his three brothers by American troops on charges they were plotting to kill Tony Blair. On the videotape, he is clearly seen saying that he is a journalist(his work on the invasion and aftermath is also shown), so this should have been cleared up in no time at all, right?[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]He was worked over and then imprisoned along with two of his brothers(a third is freed) at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison where heinous living conditions and inedible food were the rule of thumb, the infamous photographs being only the tip of the iceberg. After a few months of this, humane replacement soldiers made a bad situation somewhat bearable.(Along with some illustrated stills, the documentary is mostly Yunis telling his story to the camera. The only other person interviewed is a soldier from that replacement unit.) Under Saddam Hussein, Yunis was tortured in 1998. But as Miss Manners can tell you, it does not make a good impression when the new boss is not much better than the old boss. [/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

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Interesting Iraq story marred by comic book motif.

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William Goss

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As always, it is difficult to rate a documentary. This one's material was shocking and wonderful yet its presentation was lacking and distracting. With odd cartoon renditions of events that the camera missed and obvious, choppy editing, this movie was hard to watch. If you are looking to do a report on Abu Ghraib or on Iraqi prisoners' lives then this documentary is for you. If you are looking for a well played informative one, look else where.

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