THE MAURITANIAN - Review
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley
Plot: A lawyer takes on a pro bono case to try to figure out what is happening with the uncharged prisoners at Guantanamo Bay
Clint Says: See this in theaters if you can
The prison set up at Guantanamo Bay after the 9/11 attacks became one of the most controversial parts of the decades-long war on terror. Thousands of people were detained there and only a handful of them were ever charged. During the years after 9/11 there were dozens of stories about prisoner abuse there. One of the most damning testimonies came in the form of the bestselling book, The Mauritanian.
This film chronicles the events that lead to one of the detainees finally getting a court date and being able to share with the world his experience.
This is not an easy movie to watch, it isn't a "popcorn" flick. It is deep, powerful, and painful. This is not the kind of film you go into lightly. And while most of us are looking for an escape in our entertainment right now, if you are in the mood, this is a very good film worth seeing.
Tahir Rahim gives a performance that is out of this world. He manages to convey extreme emotion with just the twitch of his head, or the movement of an eyebrow or lip. He should be in the running for some of the big acting awards.
See this in theaters if you can. It will be well worth your time.