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Boys of Abu Ghraib (2014)

Boys of Abu Ghraib

Overview


Genre

Drama, Thriller

Release Date

March 28, 2014 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

104 min.

Studio

Vertical Entertainment

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Luke Moran

Producer

Luke Moran, Cru Ennis

Screenwriter

Luke Moran

Starring

Story


A dramatic war thriller about the world's most notorious prison: Abu Ghraib. Stationed there in 2003, American soldier Jack Farmer is tasked with guarding the Hard Site, a cell block for the Army's top-priority suspected terrorists. But as a rookie for the Military Police, he has no idea what he's doing. He's shown the ropes by a guard named Tanner (Sean Astin), who demonstrates control of prisoners through violence and intimidation.

Farmer's shifts are long and lonely, until he secretly befriends an English speaking prisoner named Ghazi. The two men pass time together and grow close, but Ghazi soon becomes the subject of harsh interrogations over his suspected engineering of a bomb that killed innocent civilians.

As the interrogations increase and their friendship is unveiled, Farmer must choose a side. A decision that threatens to destroy him.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..without planting such cultural signposts, the film hardly scratches Abu Ghraib's surface..”
by Martin Tsai [LA Times]
“..when the fadeout hinges on those highly public revelations, it becomes clear the pic hasn't provided enough insight to understand such widespread, pervasive abuse..”
by Dennis Harvey [Variety]
“.."Boys of Abu Ghraib" becomes unbearable as it misses salient points on external influences and innate barbarism, preferring to pack such an explosion of behavior into a "Twilight Zone"-style sucker punch finale..”
by Brian Orndorf [Blu-ray.com]