Director: Michael Winterbottom, Mat Whitecross
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun, Arfan Usman, Shahid Iqbal
In the Berlin Film Festival, the film garnered the Best Director Award .
The official website
The film is a docudrama about four British Muslims who travelled to Pakistan but ended in Guantanamo.
My thoughts ...
-- Movies with political themes and humanity issues (esp. based on real events) are often very controversial. As some political figures are depicted in the movie, both camps of thoughts will likely be divisive over the movie. How will it be perceived in United States and how will the rest of the world perceive it?
** Instead of dwelling into the debate, I would comment the movie from moviegoers' perspective.
-- Overall, the soundtrack is very haunting (in the background) ... The first one third of the film may not be fast paced enough for some audience as it traces their trip to different places and these events do not actually drive the pace ... The second and third half depicting their captive and interrogation gets rather disturbing ...
-- Technically, some scenes are grainy and not very clear because there are TV footages that are intermixed with the film. However, some are done on purpose ... so as to give a rather haunting atmosphere ...
-- Overall, the movie does NOT melodramatized the events ... but portrayed these events rather disturbingly through interviews, narration and plain realistic depiction, BUT the effect is NOT plain ...
-- For interview with the director
-- For other critics' comments
A rather disturbing film ...
PS: I am NOT sure if the Singapore version is censored in anyway. IMDB.com reflects a censorship but the movie time reflects 95 min. Maybe one of them is correct, maybe both are correct (i.e., if the censorship is less than 1 min). Regardless, the movie is still disturbing.