One of my favorite things about life in New York City is the regular availability of really special events. Recently I attended a screening of Kristen Stewart’s forthcoming movie, Camp X-Ray at NYU Law School.
The film is about the relationship that Stewart‘s Army Private First Class develops with longtime Guantanamo Bay detainee Ali, played by Peyman Moaadi.
This is the official trailer:
I saw a few tweets about Stewart and/or the movie being anti-U.S. military. I didn’t take that away from Camp X-Ray at all. On the contrary, I thought the film was sympathetic toward those stationed in places like Gitmo showing the monotony, isolation and challenge of policing the detainees while also keeping them safe.
Of course, Camp X-Ray also reminds viewers of the horrible situation that exists to this day in Guantanamo: detainees held for years without trial and almost certainly without hope of freedom. This is a timely and affecting movie with strong performances across the board. Don’t miss it.
Post-screening, we were treated by discussion with Stewart, Sattler and [an odd] moderator from NYU. It was terrific to hear about the filmmaking process. Less terrific to hear the moderator opine about romantic vibes between Stewart’s and Moaadi’s characters.
Still, excellent film and cool experience. What movie should I see next?
I saw this last week on Itunes and I’m so glad I rented it. It did start off slow but it the last half of the movie, especially the last 20-30 minutes made all the difference. The intensity and desperation between Kristen and Peyman during those moments was amazing, I watched it multiple times to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
And I saw that some people were talking about a romantic angle between Cole & Ali or Cole & Lane’s character (forgot his name), but I didn’t see it at all. Pretty sure we were NOT seeing the same movie, lol.
People are crazy. Not every movie is a romance!
Glad you thought the movie was good. Thought-provoking for sure.