Camp X-Ray (2014)
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Critic Consensus: Camp X-Ray's treatment of its subject verges on the shallow, but benefits greatly from a pair of impressive performances from Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi.
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Critic Reviews for Camp X-Ray
Camp X-Ray raises quite a few fascinating questions about power, sexism, and war, yet fails to explore them in any real depth. More troubling still, it's a character study that does little in the way of character development.
It's invigorated, somewhat, by strong central performances from actors on opposite sides of a locked steel door.
Writer-director Peter Sattler... grounds his story in the cold operational detail of Gitmo, showing how the soldiers there administer the legal limbo of indefinite detention and insulate themselves from the cruelty and injustice of what they're doing.
On another movie, the high-corn finale might have worked; here, it just feels patently false.
Has a great idea behind it - a young female soldier assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay forms a kinship with one of the incarcerated Muslims - but first-time writer-director Peter Sattler doesn't go anywhere interesting with that notion.
Audience Reviews for Camp X-Ray
This could be the film that shows the world that Kristen Stewart actually can act. An interesting, if somewhat fictitious story about a prison guard, isolated and outcast from her peers, striking a friendship with a terrorist subject charged with 9/11. Engaging and very well done.
Deliberately monotonous in parts, Camp X-Ray won't be for everyone but the drama invested here seems genuine and the two lead performances are striking. Impressive.
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