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The Mauritanian

2h 9m
Drama, Thriller
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The true story of the Mauritanian Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was held at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention center without charges for over a decade and sought help from a defense attorney for his release.
The Mauritanian Poster

The Mauritanian

2h 9m
Drama, Thriller
The true story of the Mauritanian Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was held at the U.S military's Guantanamo Bay detention center without charges for over a decade and sought help from a defense attorney for his release.
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Tahar Rahim
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Jodie Foster
Nancy Hollander
Benedict Cumberbatch
Lt. Stuart Couch
Shailene Woodley
Teri Duncan
Zachary Levi
Neil Buckland
Langley Kirkwood
Sergeant Sands
Corey Johnson
Bill Seidel
Matthew Marsh
General Miller
Andr Jacobs
Judge Robertson
Robert Hobbs
Captain Collins
Directed By: Kevin Macdonald
Written By: Michael Bronner (Screenplay), Rory Haines (Screenplay), + 1 more

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Redouaaane says...
2 years ago
Maybe the experience is different if you're American and/or you have no prior knowledge of what was going on in Gitmo (we been knew), but this movie -- while not too bad -- was not as good as it could have been. The script takes middle-of-the-road approach and never really goes for the jugular. Sure, we can call the onscreen depictions of torture "brave" but it's not like it is the first movie to do so. The tone was confusing, there was a lot of jokes for a story that's about inhumane torture. I don't know what function the dream scenes were supposed to perform in the movie, some of them were disorienting, which I suppose is intentional to demonstrate Mo's mental state, but I wonder if they were necessary at all. The acting was great though, I have no misgivings about the acting. I've always liked Tahar Rahim, but the poor guy is really typecast in America, in Europe they trust him with roles that have nothing to do with his background, because he's just that good.
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Lee Brown Barrow says...
2 years ago
A good but not great film. It's well made and the acting is good but it is a little sloppy in places. Still, the subject matter gives it power, as once again we are reminded of the terrible injustices that happen at Guantanamo Bay. The injustices of American politics are also brought to light, although America isn't the only country guilty of scapegoating innocents, of course. Thank goodness then for those that fight on the side of all that is right, honourable and just.
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GenesisX says...
one year ago
Fantastic movie that demonstrates just how cruel and awful Gitmo is. It is a damn embarrassment that Bush, Obama, and Trump have used that facility to torture people in horrific and inhumane ways, with none of them going to shut it down. I sincerely hope Biden will do the right thing, but I won't hold my breath. The end credits roll detailing the aftermath of Mohamedou's struggle was just heartbreaking. This was great acting all around, and I would've never recognized Doctor Strange.
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bondless says...
2 years ago
_The Mauritanian_ is a film with a good story whose release timing was a bit unfortunate. Many of the most powerful moments of the film don't carry the weight that they ought to simply because most people now accept that Americans committed crimes against humanity during and after "The War on Terror." That being said, the performance of Rahim is excellent, while both Foster and Cumberbatch put in good performances as well. In addition, I appreciate the focus on Ould Slahi's perspective in the story, though I think they could have gone even deeper into his story. As an alternative, I preferred _The Report_ (2019) which delved more deeply into the American psyche and the efforts to uncover American use of torture during the "War on Terror."
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Louisa Moore - Screen Zealots
2 years ago
Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, “The Mauritanian” tells the true story of a man who spent 14 years of his life imprisoned without charges at the notorious United States military detention facility. The film is a standard legal dram More
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6 months ago
Emotionally powerful thanks to the great actors (especially Rahim) and with a gripping true story, ‘The Mauritanian’ exceeds expectations, even if the overall film could have been a bit more polished.

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6 months ago
Tahar Rahim and Kevin MacDonald have come some way since their first collaboration on "the Eagle" (2011). This one sees the former - Mohammed Ould Slahi - incarcerated, without charge, by the American authorities in Guantánamo Bay. His case comes to the attention of attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie More
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2 years ago
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As I wrote in countless other reviews of the same genre, I mostly enjoy movies "based on a true story" since these almost always accomplish my main expectations: to be enlightened on an event or subj More
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