If you’re looking for a drama based in real life, this is worth a watch. The main focus in the film is Salahi’s time at Guantanamo Bay and the court proceedings surrounding it. Below is a more detailed review. 4/5 stars.
***May contain minor spoilers***
The Mauritanian tells the story of Mohamedou Ould Salahi (Rahim) time at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Salahi was questioned by American authorities for his role in the September 11, 2001 attacks and held for years without being charged. Two lawyers (Foster and Woodley) take on his case while Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Cumberbatch) is the prosecutor. Both sides uncover shocking evidence that sets Salahi on the path to freedom. Throughout the film, we get glimpses of Salahi’s memories with family, friends, the events leading up to and time at Gitmo, torture for 70 days, and more. The cast does a fantastic job but Tahar Rahim is without doubt the stand out and holds the film together. I wish there would have been a little more about his life prior to the court case and time at Gitmo. This movie is made to bring out emotions and it does just that. I do recommend the movie. I am not having renters remorse.
Parental guidance/trigger warnings: The movies revolves around Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the September 11 attacks, abuse suffered at Gitmo (physical, mental, and sexual). Some swearing.