Sunday, September 14, 2014

Camp X-Ray: Kristen Stewart Kicks Ass Politically On Screen


Camp X-Ray engages in somewhat of a military drama miracle. Packing in admirably and effectively a grim array of pressing issues in the real world, probing as its title implies national truths rarely covered in films and almost never in the corporate embedded media. And which include what's going down at that surreal and questionable gulag known as Guantanamo, sexual violence against females in the military, and the hundreds of US soldier suicides every year and why. Camp X-Ray is also an immensely devastating and emotionally honest and grueling dramatic showdown focusing on primarily just two characters.

One of those characters being, just as unimaginable, former Hollywood teen heartthrob of the Twilight series, Kristen Stewart. Who apparently, unlike most other movie stars in an avid quest for fame and fortune, has opted for the opposite direction. Intent on mining her talent for raw and real, meaningful hardcore drama instead. You go, girl.

Incredibly first timer young writer/director Peter Sattler daringly flips the official script of the one side to every story media and US government scenarios, in a courageous telling it like it is as to just what may be going down at Gitmo. With recently arrived army soldier Amy Cole, played by Stewart, assigned to the monotonous and unpleasant task of guard duty in a claustrophobic and hostile cell block. Where one of the 'detainees' Ali (Peyman Moaadi) - the soldiers are forbidden to call them prisoners because their unlawful US detention violates all existing international human rights statutes - attracts her alternately curious, repelled and empathetic attention.

The odd couple, in a kind of surrealistic mutual captivity at the camp confining both of them, at first approach one another in negative stereotypical preconceived notion mode. And with Cole astonished to learn that Ali, however understandably enraged at his hopeless plight, defies existing stereotypes as an educated, intellectually and artistically aspiring German national. And whose own perplexed youthful yearnings on a quest to make meaningful sense of the world, quite surprisingly mirror her own.

To say more about this delicately layered and defiant, doomed duet would dramatically diminish its resonance on screen. Suffice it to say that this brave excursion into controversial territory,cuts  through that blind fog of official propaganda, relentlessly fed to the US public on a daily basis.


5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the article��
    Kristen's a good actress, cant wait to see CampXRay movie.

    Fan from Asia��

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  2. Amazing article! Very insightful.
    Good to see people, with clear eyes, talking openly about a movie that Americans want to put under the rug.
    Not a thing they like to talk or be reminded.
    Thanks for independent cinema that is not afraid of question all the implications and the human side of characters in real surreal situations, like be a inmate or a guard in any high security facility. Beside all this the real issue that is women in the Army and the surreal life that makes hundreds of militaries have mental break down or suicidal behavior
    Thanks. It was a pleasure to read it.

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  3. KRISTEN STEWART is gorgeous! Can't wait to see her in CAMP XRAY and EQUALS!!!

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  4. I do not like films designed to manipulate ...

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