The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

Critics Consensus

No consensus yet.

83%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 29

69%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,513
User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair Photos

Movie Info

In 2003, Iraqi journalist Yunis Khatayer Abbas and his three brothers were arrested by American soldiers and accused of a plot to kill British Prime Minister Tony Blair. While his siblings were quickly released, Yunis spent nine months as a prisoner at Abu Ghraib, and was subjected to torture and deprivation. In this documentary, Yunis recounts his time in U.S. custody with the help of home movies, illustrative cartoons and testimony from his friend and protector, Army Spc. Benjamin Thomas.

Cast

News & Interviews for The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

Critic Reviews for The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (5)

  • ... a chillingly pitch-black comedy of errors ...

    April 9, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [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.

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

    March 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    March 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 30, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair

  • Jan 25, 2008
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Nope.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2007
    Unusual and creatively made documentary about an Iraqi journalist who was wrongly arrested and sent to Abu Ghraib for a plot to kill Tony Blair that he knew nothing about. Has a small focus, but finds ingenious ways to compensate, has a chilling first person look into the injustices of Abu Ghraib and the occupation of Iraq as a whole from the innocent civilians who have to endure it.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2007
    Interesting Iraq story marred by comic book motif.
    William G Super Reviewer

The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Movie & TV guides