(2021) (Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A lawyer takes on the habeas corpus case of a 9/11 suspect who's been held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay for years despite no charges being leveled against him.
It's November 2001 and Mohamedou Ould Slahi (TAHAR RAHIM) is attending a family wedding back in his home country of Mauritania when he's detained by local authorities in the belief that he's tied to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America earlier that fall. Years later, lawyer Nancy Hollander (JODIE FOSTER), who's been given the liberty of selecting a pro bono case to work on, chooses to represent Mohamedou or, more accurately, the principle of habeas corpus.
And that's because not long after his arrest, Mohamedou was shipped to the U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay where he's been held for years without a single official charge brought against him. Along with her younger coworker, Teri Duncan (SHAILENE WOODLEY), Nancy travels to meet the man and then begins working through files associated with his detainment. At the same time, Colonel Stu Couch (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH) -- who lost a close friend in those terrorist attacks -- has been ordered to prosecute the alleged co-conspirator of the attacks.
But he finds that his former classmate and current friend Neil Buckland (ZACHARY LEVI), along with every other federal agent, doesn't want Stu to have access to the full records on the case and instead -- following orders directly from the White House -- wants a swift conviction.
As time passes and Nancy continues to battle roadblocks put in her way, Stu finds himself increasingly frustrated by his inability to get all the facts he believes he needs to win without the potential for any sort of appeal or mistrial.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might have some interest, but that's probably it.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence including a sexual assault, and language.
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