Indie Gems: Camp X-Ray
It's never that simple.
Private Amy Cole (Kristen Stewart) is assigned to work at Guantanamo Bay. After a rough start, she forms an interesting relationship with one of the detainees, Ali, (Peyman Moaadi) which is against the rules.
I've been watching to see this film for ages, but it never came to any theaters near me. What I learned while waiting is that it raised a lot of questions. Was Ali innocent? Was it wrong to show GITMO in this light? I try not to get too political when watching films. What I can say for sure, that this film was very thought provoking.
I can add this to the never ending list of films that people who bitch about Kristen Stewart's acting should she. She's excellent here. Her part was originally written for a male, but it was changed to suit her well. I couldn't picture anyone else in this role. Moaadi was the star for me. He's someone I've only known from A Separation, which he was wonderful in. I hope to see more of him, because he has a ton of talent. Plus, I can't help that love the fact that when we first meet him, he's bitching about the newest Harry Potter book not being available because he thinks Snape might be a good guy now. The director, Peter Sattler said he envisioned Ali almost like a crack head when he wrote him, then Moaadi came in and humanized him and brought out so much more.
It's very straight forward and doesn't sugar coat anything. It's a unique story and hopefully more people can see it now that it's out on DVD.
Memorable Quote: "Quit with that Hannibal Lector shit." - Cole (Kristen Stewart)