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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2006

Documentary, Drama
Visceral and unblushingly partisan, Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross' blend of documentary and action picture shoves us roughly into the shoes of four young British Muslims who, en route to a wedding in Pakistan, fell into the bloodstained hands of Afghanistan's Northern Alliance before being shipped to Guantanamo, where they spent two grueling years. Peppered with television news footage and bellicose fighting talk from assorted Bushies and Brits, Guantanamo codes a true story as an action picture and, for better and worse, comes up with an excitable, impressionistic movie, at once more galvanizing and murkier with the facts. Knowing what we know, there's no reason to doubt the film's lurid account of what went on in the camp, and still does. But for a movie that relies heavily on reenactments to have no credited screenwriter seems like a deliberate fudging of the line between reality and fiction. And though he's quick to (justly) brand Rumsfeld a liar, Winterbottom asks us to take the survivors' testimony entirely on trust.
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Director: Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross
Producer: Andrew Eaton, Melissa Parmenter and Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Steven Beckingham, George W. Bush, Nancy Crane, Christopher Fosh, Farhad Harun, Waqar Siddiqui, Arfan Usman, Shahid Iqbal and Sher Khan


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