Camp X-Ray


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Kristen Stewart leads with her chin in Camp X-Ray – and she’s not just jutting it out in her glum-girl pose. In this vehicle’s first few minutes, Stewart’s character, Cole, a soldier and recent transfer to the high-security cell block at Gitmo, actually gets elbowed in the face by a howling detainee. A spot of blood forms on her lip, but the jaw stays firm. Strenuously, writer-director Peter Sattler wants us to know his star can take a hit, even as the camera lingers on Cole tightening her hair bun and reining in her feelings.

Aside from some crude incidents and a hunger strike included to remind viewers they are, indeed, watching a human-rights drama, Camp X-Ray attempts to shade the situation with a poundingly obvious counter villain (Lane Garrison), Cole’s superior, a predator whose advances during the off-time are rebuffed. He then tries to humiliate both Cole and her new Arab friend, Abu Ghraib-style.

Stewart isn’t half bad – if you forget about Adventureland and the wider range she once displayed.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Doha,

Camp X-Ray

  • Duration: 117
  • Released: Thu, 25 Dec
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Peter Sattler
  • Stars: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi, Lane Garrison

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