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Camp X-Ray

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Kristen Stewart stars in tough, timely Guantanamo drama.

Movie R 2014 117 minutes
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Written and directed by former graphic artist Peter Sattler, CAMP X-RAY seems like an attempt at a timely and powerful War on Terror movie. It also seems like an attempt by Stewart to break away from her dewy Twilight character into tougher and more grown-up roles. The good news is that it works. The movie plays well on a very basic level, focusing on the viewpoint of one character and forgoing any grand comments or gestures on the rightness or wrongness of it all.

It's relatively intimate, and even though it has some tough moments, it's not deliberately grueling or exhausting. Stewart is quite good, rising above her infamous lip-chewing teen angst into a character who keeps her sadness, disappointment, and even hope locked on the inside. Maadi (from the Oscar winner A Separation) is also quite good, operating mainly on learned survival tactics. Even though they only communicate through doors and glass, their chemistry is very touching.

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