Camp X-ray has a promising premise and good performances but it’s eclipsed by a dull and pointless narrative.
Camp X-ray has a lot of potential.
It has a premise that can spark a good discussion about the questionable ethics of the war on terrorism – the dehumanizing conditions of incarceration that may not even be justified in the first place. The backdrop is the cold operational facility of Gitmo.
The film delivered a believable look into the US military through the perspective of a female soldier, with Amy feeling more marginalized by the day because of a sexist Colonel.
The actors deliver good performances, enough to build empathy for two characters who are both imprisoned in their own way. Kristin Stewart’s role fits her very limited range while Peyman Moaadi is just great.
Unfortunately, the movie doesn’t go anywhere interesting as the plot drags on.
The platonic relationship between blondie and Ali is contrived. A soldier who aims to break free of her boring small town roots happens to end up in Gitmo, where another poor hapless soul is there for her to empathize with.
The movie steers clear of any political thought and doesn’t say anything about the obviously morally gray situation. It aims to tell the viewers that nothing is black and white, but doesn’t substantiate it. It’s a character study but has no character development.
Writer-director Peter Sattler has ideas but takes them nowhere interesting and wastest the performances of its cast.
Camp X-ray has a promising premise and good performances but it's eclipsed by a dull and pointless narrative.