My take – Even though after watching her in a couple of Twilight films & Snow White, I cant believe I am gonna say this Kristen Stewart is awesome in this film! I was completely surprised by the detailed subject matter of the infamous Guantanamo Bay, while expecting a political message as the underlying theme, it actually turned out to be a study of humanity and relationships within extreme circumstances.
Director Peter Sattler makes an impressive! The film can be monotonous at times and has a slightly flawed script, but thanks to its two leads wonderful performances and beautiful cinematography, it overcomes this.Stewart revives her pre-Twilight glory days as Private Amy Cole, and makes us believe in a brighter future for the teen icon. Sattler knows her limitations, strengths, and puts them both to stunning use. Emotionally charged, Stewart may have delivered her finest performance yet, even one of the best by an actress this year. Peyman Moaadi compliments her with an excellent performance as well, with the right amount of emotion, humor & intensity, he is a total delight to watch.
Both actors do justice to the storyline and these complex characters without building caricatures of military and extremist personalities.While Camp X-Ray treats its subject lightly and stays apolitical, it works. Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi’s performances are what make this more than watchable.
Directed – Peter Sattler
Rated – R
Run Time – 117 minutes