The depiction of Guantánamo Bay as a banal, ugly hole of a place waiting to be condemned makes for a compelling first half hour in this military drama. Then freshman writer-director Peter Sattler’s naive morality play kicks in—a rookie Gitmo guard (Kristen Stewart)—befriends a detainee (A Separation’s Payman Maadi)—and the movie becomes a series of histrionic attempts to be, as Stewart’s character says with a pout, ”Just not as black and white as they said it was gonna be.” For real. C+
Kristen Stewart in Camp X-Ray (Beth Dubber)
Genre: Drama; Starring: Lane Garrison, Kristen Stewart; Director: Peter Sattler; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: R
Posted October 17 2014 — 12:00 AM EDT
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