Kristen Stewart was a good casting choice here. I thought it was a thoughtful, albeit slightly eventless drama on the futility of a system that doesn't necessarily benefit either side. Fortunately the character relationships greatly support the necessary monotony of the plot.
Surprisingly pleasant movie. The Iranian actor (Moaadi) gives a good performance, but Stewart remains unconvincing as a troubled guard. Movie ultimately fails due to its formulaicness because of the lack of chemistry between the guard and the detainee. Worth watching, despite its flaws.
Sulky Kristen Stewart deftly expands her acting repertoire by looking sulky with hair pulled back and wearing military camo. But the star is undoubtedly Iranian actor Peyman Moaddi (best known from the excellent "A Separation"), by turns conniving and desperately vulnerable, finding solace in Harry Potter and throwing his faeces at Stewart (perhaps muttering 'that's for "Twilight"!')
I really enjoyed watching this movie however, few mistakes hold me from rating it 4. First, detainees supposed to be Arabs so it really doesn’t make sense that one of them speaks in Farsi whenever he is angry but switches to Arabic whenever he is calm! There is a huge difference between Arabic and Farsi! Second, Payman Moadi represents an Arab detainee but he talks English with a Persian accent.
Yes, it is predictable. But that doesn't make it less affecting or any less honest. The film works. And even though the friendship between the two surely is an unconvincing plot outside the screen, the intense character study is captivating and Stewart and Moaadi give out riveting performances in a committed and emotional mise-en-scène. Harry Potter books aside, it is a small important film.
Poignant to a fault. The senses of boredom, banality, false-hope and alienation work very well. You never really know where you stand with any of the characters, the anonymity of GitMo, it's detainees and the soldiers. Numbers and ranks are barely what count here yet it's those tiny non-details that keep you going to the end. A fitting glimmer of hope that mirrors the reality of imprisonment and the war on terror.
Kristen Stewart is not the most flexible actress out there. But this is most likely one of her best performance besides "Welcome To The Rileys". I like how she can redeem herself from all the negativity when she jumps into these precious little indies. "Camp X-ray" is one of her good decisions. It is subtle, yet powerful. This film speaks through its humanity. Certainly brings a lot of good faith to Kristen too.