Peter Sattler, writer/director of the new film CAMP X-RAY, does several smart things so far as his adult audiences are concerned. He takes it for granted that we understand Guantanamo -- what it is and why it is there and what 9/11 had to do with its creation -- so he does not waste our time with unnecessary exposition. Neither does Mr. Sattler (shown below) offer us multiple scenes of torture and degradation of the "detainees" ("Don't call them prisoners!" one newcomer soldier is told). The worst we see are photographs of our "hero" having been abused and something called the Frequent Flyer method, in which a prisoner is moved every couple of hours, night and day, to a new cell so that he soon becomes sleep deprived. Oh, yes, and we also see a prisoner forced to take a shower in front of a female soldier.
Peyman Moaadi, shown below, whom foreign-film buffs will remember as the husband in that fine Iranian film, A Separation, and who for some reason has dropped the "o" from his last name, while replacing the "e" with an "a" in his first name in his billing for this particular movie.
Kristen Stewart. Ms Stewart (shown below, center), after starring in the vampire-lite Twilight franchise, has now made a number of small independent films -- Welcome to the Rileys to The Runaways and On the Road -- in which she has proven quite adept, just as she is in this new film.
IFC Films, opens this Friday, October 17, simultaneously in theaters and on VOD. In NYC, it plays at the IFC Center. Elsewhere? Not sure.