I am having a fun time watching Amazon Videos while I wait for the theaters to open. I have seen half a dozen films that I had never heard of and would never otherwise have seen.
"Prisoner X" has a very experienced cast and a writer/director with a very unusual history. Writer/director Gaurav Seth was born in India, which makes him unusual enough for American viewers. But he did his training in film in Russia, which of course has a long history in film making. So, that is something. He wrote the script from a story by science fiction writer Robert Reed.
The actors seem like fresh faces but they are only fresh faces to us south of the border. Canadian born Michelle Nolden had 84 credits and puts in a professional effort. Her colleagues also have plenty of experience. Romano Pzari, also Canadian had 78 acting credits. But Julian Richings, from England, has an amazing 211 acting credits. So, solid professional acting crew.
But not much money to make the film. It is a Canadian production so I guess I can gloss over some of the early clunks. One character, a marine officer, referred to a 122 man strong contingent of US marines as a 'battalion' instead of a 'company'. Oh, the horror. And a private in his mid-thirties was still a private with a civilian haircut. Stuff like that irritates me. I once saw a low budget movie where a guy with a rifle went through a door into the next room and had a shotgun. Drove me crazy.
The story is pretty good too. A mystery man with a load of uranium is collected after a car crash. Some US protocols are not observed (Canadian again). The guy is tortured by the CIA in a facility in the US, which is a violation of US law and custom. But he doesn't give up any information, no matter what they do to him. They do discover that he has nanotech inside him that no one here can make. So, where is he from? What does he want? How can he be in custody for 17 years and still we know almost nothing about him?
You'll have to watch to find out.