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Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 91 | Rotten: 0

Taxi to the Dark Side is an intelligent, powerful look into the dark corners of the War on Terror.

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 0

Taxi to the Dark Side is an intelligent, powerful look into the dark corners of the War on Terror.

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A stunning inquiry into the suspicious death of an Afghani taxi driver at Bagram air base in 2002, the film is a fastidiously assembled, uncommonly well-researched examination of how an innocent civilian was apprehended, imprisoned, tortured, and ultimately murdered by the greatest democracy on earth. Intermingling documents and records of the incident with candid testimony from eyewitnesses and participants, the film uncovers an inescapable link between the tragic incidents that unfolded in

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Like the Iraq war documentary No End in Sight, this movie about the U.S. military's systematic torture of terror suspects is a triumph not of reporting but of synthesis.

August 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Certain to inspire both outrage and sorrow, Alex Gibney's harrowing documentary -- about the torture and abuse of suspected terrorists in U.S. military prisons -- ranks among recent cinema's more excoriating moral indictments.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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Taxi to the Dark Side is a stunning indictment of torture as policy, a brilliant documentary whose arguments are so well-supported and reasonably made that you can't ignore them.

March 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Along with No End in Sight, this movie is one of the essential documentaries of the ongoing war.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Taxi to the Dark Side joins a growing list of outspoken documentaries that question the rationale and conduct of America's presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our willingness to destroy freedom in order to save it.

March 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The film certainly makes its case, tracing a chain of abuse from Bagram to the notorious Iraqi prison, Abu Ghraib, to the cells of Guantanamo.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Filmmaker Gibney, whose involvement with anti-establishment exposÚs could conceivably mark him for his own eventual rendition by the forces of freedom, carefully guides us up the chain of command to the policy level.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Consciously depressing, draining and damning. A dizzying, disorienting tone befits indictments against vulgarly abused power, and Gibney avoids judging soldiers already punished in accordance with a system of blame shamefully traveling down, never up.

October 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

A shocking expose about the American military's use of torture to get confessions--not always truthful ones--from prisoners suspected of terrorism. This is the kind of film that can make a difference!

May 26, 2009 Full Review Source: About.com | Comments (2)
About.com

[An] assiduously investigated, brilliantly argued documentary.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Nails the fact that murder, injuries, sexual abuse, humiliation and degradation of prisoners was covered up and condoned at the highest levels of the Bush Administration.

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A comprehensive movie, an everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask film, engaging, paced well, informative, and professionally polished.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

This is a deservedly acclaimed film; it's confronting and deeply saddening, but essential

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Alex Gibney won best documentary Oscar for this gruelling, angry movie.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

An unflinching documentary that exposes one of the darkest chapters in American history.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Gibney asks us to ponder the likelihood of getting good information from suspects turned in by bounty-hunting locals (more than 90% of those jailed for terrorist activity or connections to terrorists were fingered for a reward).

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

It's very powerful but disturbing stuff.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Yet another powerful indictment of actions connected to the war on terror.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

A consistently strong piece of filmmaking with some breathtaking work by cinematographers Maryse Alberti and Greg Andracke.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Impossible to shake off.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Every voting adult concerned about the damages created by the Bush administration in the wake of 9/11 should watch it. So should those who steadfastly believe that no real or lasting damages have been made by that administration.

October 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

if you love Documentaries that open your eyes, you'll like it.

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

Powerful, shocking and important documentary that confirms all your worst fears about the Bush administration and will leave you feeling angry and powerless.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

despite the calmly logical way in which it allows its revelations to unfold and accumulate, this is an angry powder-keg of a film, exploding the reactionary myth that under certain circumstances torture can be acceptable, serviceable or even necessary.

June 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Taxi to the Dark Side

"In 2002, a young cab driver picked up a few passengers near his home in Afghanistan... He never returned."

An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

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Too few have heard of Dilawar. Those who have will probably never forget him. Alex Gibney certainly will not. His latest film starts and ends with this poor innocent taxi driver who, in 2002, was taken to the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. Five days later, he was dead. Dilawar's death was the spark which ultimately led to the international awareness of what the Bush administration was doing to its detainees in the war on terror. Gibney's film, however, decides to look up the tree, not down, to discover who was really responsible for these unpleasant developments. Gibney's film is bolstered by frank and interesting interviews with some of the troops on the ground. Their remorse is clear, as is their disgust. And disgust is the right word. This is, by no means, an easy watch. The use of the appalling footage which has been generated by the recent conflicts is necessary because, if anyone is in any doubt about how morally reprehensible these tactics are, this film will make it abundantly clear.

However, this film's real strength is the structure of its attack on the tactics that are employed. Gibney demonstrates that the tactics used are hopelessly inadequate and never yield effective information. There is a cutting and brilliant comparison with the old techniques and the new where an interviewee, a former FBI interrogator, uses his old tools of interrogation ? words ? and you can feel yourself being persuaded. This is not just a polemic. It is a human story and a powerful and well-constructed argument. It should be essential viewing as what has happened at Guantanamo, Bagram and Abu Ghraib should never be forgotten. This is excellent, important film-making.
March 17, 2010
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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Possibly one of the best documentaries that I've seen in a long while. well researched and not biased in anyway....and will leave you feeling a little pissed at what the Bush administration allowed to happen.

More to follow soon....
March 14, 2009
SarahG1988

Super Reviewer

This is an excellent documentary built on hard facts. It shows the outrageous lengths that the US will go to and how damaging and tragic their methods can be. It's also a saddening depiction of how when the shit finally hits the fan it lands on those at the bottom of the ladder. Decent soldiers with too little training thrust into very violent situations. It also gives a glimpse of the president that John McCain could have been, had he not given into pressures from those in charge. Deserved it's Oscar.
January 28, 2009
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