The Mauritanian (2021)

7.52 h 9 min2021X-RayR
The true story of three lawyers uncovering a far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay without charge for 14 years.
Kevin Macdonald
Jodie FosterTahar RahimZachary Levi
English [CC]
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Saamer Usmani
Adam AcklandLeah ClarkeLouise LintonBenedict CumberbatchLloyd LevinBeatriz LevinMark HolderChristine HolderBranwen Prestwood SmithMichael Bronner
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VictoriaSelene Skye~DemeReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
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Are an extremely cruel lot, aren't they? For conscious beings to be able to commit such atrocities from any and all sides of invisible lines called borders is terrifying . Shame on all of us collectively. The few who still possess compassion and the ability to disengage from the mass murderers (govts)are few and far between. This movie is another testament to the vile evil that rots the collective human heart. It's always been this way, and unless humans can make the conscious choice to step back from their own base and bestial atrocities, the species will wear itself out soon enough. We've had our time, and despite the grace of the few, the viciousness of the masses will shred the human world to pieces to the point of no coming back. The saddest thing is that many around the globe believe this country rotates on justice. It couldn't be further from the truth. Born out of genocide and violence just like every other nation throughout time. The brutal devastation of the kinder community by the mass brutality of the soulless violent .
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Dr. Warren CoatsReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
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We are better than this--but only if we fight for it.
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9/11 was a terrible shock. We were afraid. It is long past the time that we stopped behaving like cowards. Guantanamo is far from the only instance of our shame but it is one of the worst Every American should see this incredible film. I love America despite its many failure because we can eventually tell the truth and make and show films like this.
Warren Coats
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m janeReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
If You Are Looking for Facts, The Lines Are Blurry
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My review is of the movie and I tried to have an unbiased opinion of the factual content along with the portrayal of the characters. One must remember story war written by Slahi's and the writers of the movie. It may also not be a story which that has an unbiased point of view and may not have represent completely factual content. The only factual content that should be remembered is the court proceedings and what can be published in credible news sources. I would have to think that Slahi was probably drug and/or sleep deprived during his time at GITMO.
One of the scenes in the movie shows that he hugged both of his female attorneys. He was in GITMO, so I am questioning the accuracy of this scene for several reasons. One reason is quite obvious due to safety protocols. I am unsure of the point of this part of the scene and perhaps the movie wants you to feel all warm and fuzzy and allow you to think this was allowed by the U.S. Military. I do not know if this is fact or fiction. I also don't know if the scenes with the military personnel are fact or fiction since I gather most of the conversations between military personnel are classified.
I would warn any of the viewers that take this movie as a completely factual representation that they should keep in mind profit sometimes over rides truth. The factual content is very blurry.
Cumberbatch is great at every character he portrays, no exception in this movie when it comes to a character that is by the book.
Foster is excellent at playing a character not out to make friends and can alienate herself very easily. The character was absolutely focused on her job, and Foster pulled it off easily.
I am not familiar with the actor portraying Slahi and cannot comment that his performance matches Slahi's personality. Slahi's video at the end displays a persona with a sophisticated social awareness, as if he were trying to captivate his audience into believing everything he has to say because he wants you to think that he is just like a typical American because he listens to Bob Dylan. I'd take it all in with a huge grain of salt - maybe an ocean sized dose.
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Xoe Coco KahloReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone should SEE this! Really, really well done!
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Courageously bringing some transparency to what's really going on in Guantanamo. This story is about a hero because he teaches us ALL by his example. He is a hero in representing the best in humanity, My heart and soul would like to reach out and hold him. I am continually astonished and horrified at what our military & government do. It makes me want to become a woman w/o a country. I am ashamed of this country and the way it makes itself look great but evil is going on in places American's eyes can't see. America's administrations should be sued and punished as a criminal would. If a corporation can be considered a 'person' so should countries' administrations that are giving the orders for insane amounts of blinding cruelty when they commit such heinous acts on innocent people. Even criminals who are guilty deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Wow, how do torturers think up this stuff!? and how can soldiers carry it out!?
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Denise GriewischReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Even our finest leaders have not kept promises about closing Gitmo.
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Let's hope Biden will end this travesty of human rights abuse. His predecessor did not. If this country cannot offer true and clear-eyed justice, then we are not the country we proclaim to the world to be. Justice requires humans to put aside their prejudices and hate. And it requires forgiveness of others' sins to get to that exalted place.
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Tina G.Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
One man’s story of his detainment at Gitmo...worth a watch
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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.
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LucyReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tahar Rahim's performance is amazing
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I lived in Mauritania for a few years and initially watched this because it is so rare to see any part of the country on film. And while they did an amazing job with the few Mauritania scenes (music, the wedding dancing, language, costume, right down to the super sugary tea, all spot on), the real pull of this movie is the transformative performance of Tahar Rahim as Mohamedou. Even with big names like Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch playing the lawyers, this movie doesn't make the mistake of other GITMO films in focusing too much on the Americans. The narrative is definitely about telling Mohamedou's story and it does it with exceptional grace. So many details from his book are there too, right down to showing the tiny flexible inside bit of the pen that was all he is allowed to write with in his cell. Bravo.
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jainsReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great true story, brilliant acting
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Loved the Mauritanian. Excellent movie! I never buy or rent movies on line but this one is worth the money. Benedict Cumberbatch is my favorite actor. You forget immediately that he is not from the US and doesn’t normally speak with a southern accent. He slides easily into the character snd stays there. Jodie Foster deservedly won a golden globe for her role as the attorney for the gitmo prisoner. I loved the actor playing the aMauritanian as well.. See it now!
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