Politically, the terrorist detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is a hot potato, but dramatically, it’s a compelling stage to explore some still very pertinent issues. I recently reviewed Camp X-Ray for We Got This Covered. It premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and got some positive buzz there, and is now available in limited release and on video-on-demand.
Camp X-Ray stars Kristen Stewart as a newly arrived Gitmo guard and Peyman Moaadi as a long-term detainee. The two manage to strike up an unusual friendship despite their cultural and situational differences, and the film plays out as Stewart’s soldier and Moaadi’s prisoner come to realize the other side is coloured in greater shades of grey than they ever could have known.
Yes, that development is somewhat predictable, but the film is very well acted, and to my mind, Stewart proves handily once again that she’s more than the sum of her role in the Twilight films.
You can read my review on We Got This Covered.