The Mauritanian


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Review: Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan investigate a case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist Mohamedou Ould Slahi who was imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years and was held at Guantanamo Bay.
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Actors: Tahar Rahim, Nouhe Hamady Bari, Saadna Hamoud, Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, Clayton Boyd, Denis Menochet and Benedict Cumberbatch
Year: 2021
Genre: Drama and Thriller
Conclusion: 3/5
This is based on the NY Times best-selling memoir named “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, which is also an inspiring true story. As always Jodie Foster gives a brilliant performance. I almost felt that Shailene Woodley didn’t reach her full potential and was a bit side-lined. Others may disagree with me but I felt that Benedict Cumberbatch was totally mis-cast and felt that he himself didn’t quite know why he was playing the part that he was playing. The standout performance I have to say is from Tahar Rahim who really was amazing. Watching him I almost felt that he was a real person and not an actor. I was totally convinced by his performance. Kevin Macdonald’s films are generally very hard hitting. They are not films to enjoy but to admire. At the Golden Globe Awards in 2021 this won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jodie Foster).


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