THE MAURITANIAN (15)
Based on Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s memoir Guantanamo Diary, The Mauritanian coolly details Slahi’s horrifying ordeal, which saw him held without charge for 14 years and subjected to torture.
French actor, The Serpent star Tahar Rahim brings a quiet determination and warmth to
Slahi, who is taken in for questioning about his cousin and brother-in-law, whose ties to al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden are red flags for the Americans.
Three years later Mohamedou is still being held at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of helping organise the September 11 attacks.
The case catches the attention of defence lawyer Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley). Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch) is asked to lead the death penalty case against Mohamedou.
It is captivating, conventional storytelling, enlivened by the performances, particularly Foster’s.
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