The Mauritanian – Drama
Category – Movie
Content – The real life story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and his alleged involvement with the 9-11 attacks on the USA. Well, another real story that I had no idea about and am so glad I watched this film. While taking Slahi in for questioning over a phone call, he ends up in Guantanamo Bay at a detention center. Taken from his country and family, Slahi proclaims his innocence. After being in Cuba for 6 years without being charged of any crime, his case come to light with defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her assistant Teri Duncan. At the same time, the military assigns the case to Stu Couch to look over the files and bring charges. As this remarkable case unfolds, there are cruel and inhumane things done to Slahi through the US Government to attempt to get him to confess. While this movie is a drama, it is so much more. I had no idea this happened and it was a real eye opener for me. You become compelled to hope Slahi is innocent and want his release. But if you have to watch this whole movie to find out if he is ever released or if he is still in Cuba to this day. This scores a 9 out of 10.
Acting – It is great to see Jodie Foster act, she is so outrageously good. Playing real life attorney Nancy Hollander was a challenge for Jodie (I heard her say in a Q&A) – She had never played a real person before and chose to make the character more gritty in the beginning. Looks like her choice worked, She was exceptional! And Benedict Cumberbatch was good as Stu Couch. A man that uncovers the military’s truths and is horrified by the way Slahi was treated and tortured. The acting was on point for Benedict. And of course, Tahar Rahim. The actor playing Slahi was beyond any acting I have seen so far this FYC season. Although I did not know the name, I will never forget it now. He should be cast in many more films after people see his performance in this film! Other notable big names are Shailene Woodley and Zachary Levi. Both did a good job in their supporting roles. Score is 9 out of 10.
Duration – 2 hrs 9 mins. Yep, this is a long one folks, but there is never a dull moment here. The filmmaking keeps you interested and intrigued all the way until the end. Long, but good! This gets a 9 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for The Mauritanian – 27 out of 30.
Recommended Watch – One of the better Oscar Contenders I’ve seen to date. I would recommend this watch to everyone – It is something that people should see and recognize.
OSCAR BUZZ – Oh yes, I think it would be a complete injustice if Tahar Rahim does not get a Nomination. He was so incredibly good! I can also see Jodie Foster getting a Nom as well. Good luck to this film – it was so well done and deserves the love!!!