Camp X-Ray (film)
|Directed by||Peter Sattler|
|Produced by||Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
David Gordon Green
|Written by||Peter Sattler|
John Carroll Lynch
Joseph Julian Soria
|Editing by||Geraud Brisson|
|Distributed by||IFC Films|
|Release dates||January 17, 2014
(Sundance Film Festival)
|Running time||117 mins|
Camp X-Ray is an American drama film based on the temporary detention facility Camp X-Ray at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The film is directed and written by Peter Sattler. It stars Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi with John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, and Joseph Julian Soria in supporting roles. The film premiered on January 17, 2014 at 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. dramatic competition category.
A young woman named Amy Cole (Kristen Stewart) joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. As two people on opposite sides of a war, they struggle to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. In the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.
- Kristen Stewart as Pvt. Amy Cole
- Peyman Moaadi as Ali Amir
- Julia Duffy as Betty Cole
- John Carroll Lynch as Col. Drummond
- Tara Holt as Mary
- Lane Garrison as Cpl. "Randy" Ransdell
- Mark Naji as Detainee #1
- Joseph Julian Soria as Pvt. Rico Cruz
- Yousuf Azami as Ehan
- Marco Khan as Mahmoud
- Ser'Darius Blain as Pvt. Raymond Jackson
- Cory Michael Smith as Pvt. Bergen
Promotion and Marketing
The film moved to post-production late summer in 2013. The special effects were edited by Comen VFX company. On December 5 it was announced that the film will have its premiere on January 17th at Sundance Film Festival in the U.S Dramatic Competition category.
The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival with mixed to positive reviews, with specific praise of Stewart's and Moaadi's performances. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, as of now, reports that 50% of 3 film critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 5.2 out of 10.
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter gave a positive review to the film by saying that "A somber but cogent drama that uses its setting as a provocative backdrop rather than a debate point" and praising the lead actors by saying that "Stewart, delivering perhaps her best screen work to date as an inexperienced military guard, against an equally compelling characterization from Maadi as the long-term detainee who pierces her shell." Rob Nelson in his review of the film for Variety said that "“Camp X-Ray” is most commendable for believably depicting the U.S. military from a female officer’s point of view" and that "The two leads (Stewart and Maadi) are excellent and play off each other deftly."
However Eric Kohn of Indiewire criticized the screenplay and direction by saying that "Sattler's frustratingly on-the-nose screenplay" and "It's a powerful assertion about the prospects of being trapped by misguided intentions, which sadly applies to "Camp X-Ray" itself" but ultimately praised Stewart's performance. Amber Wilkinson, writing for The Daily Telegraph gave the film three out of five stars and praised the cast of the film "Stewart, who starred in the Twilight franchise, has sometimes been criticised for her stern facade but here it serves her well and makes her eventual descent into emotional territory more stark. Moaadi effortlessly takes his character from gallows humour to anger and despair" but criticized the direction of Sattler "his soft-focus approach to this recruit with a heart of gold denies the film any lasting punch." Xan Brooks of The Guardian gave the film only two out of five stars, echoing praise for the acting, saying "Moaadi (so good as the shifty dad in the A Separation) is suitably anguished as Ali, while Stewart copes well as his pensive prison guard, constantly trying to act more tough than she is. It's a role that reminds us what a fine performer she was in the likes of Into the Wild and Adventureland", but criticised the film in general, saying "the supporting players are little more than equal opportunity stereotypes (frothing Islamists; brutish grunts), while the dialogue is a clatter of cookie-cutter exposition, intent on telling us everything but explaining very little". Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave film the negative review by saying that "it’s also a flatly made movie" and said that Stewart was miscast in the role as "she has no toughness, no moxie, no callouses on her hide."
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- Marlow Stern (2014-01-18). "‘Camp X-Ray,’ A Kristen Stewart-Starring Guantanamo Bay Film, Premieres at Sundance". Daily Beast. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. Retrieved 2014-01-19. "But, by the end of Camp X-Ray, you’re won over by Stewart’s layered turn as Cole, and Maadi’s as the defiant Ali. It’s a role perfectly suited to her strengths—vulnerability and hidden courage—and few young actresses, with the exception of Jennifer Lawrence, can hold a close-up like Stewart."
- Jessica Herndon (2014-01-18). "Sundance premiere 'Camp X-Ray' uncovers prison life at Guantanamo Bay". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on 2014-01-19. Retrieved 2014-01-19. "Sattler originally intended Stewart's role for a male, but he shifted to a female lead because he felt it created more conflict between (Amy and Ali. "And Muslims' extremist relationship toward women also complicated (the story)," he said. "So I clicked into that.""
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