Camp X-Ray: Everyone is Entitled to My Opinion
Starring: Kristen Stewart, and Peyman Moaadi
Run Time: 117 minutes
Synopsis: Army private first class Amy Cole (Kristen Stewart) is placed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, specifically Camp Delta. Her convictions become less certain after she strikes up a tenuous friendship with one of the detainees. —Source
Shot on a minuscule budget of approximately a million dollars (and grossing less than I do on it’s opening week), Camp X-Ray was a mediocre movie at best. As much as I’d like to blame this on Kristen Stewart, it’s not entirely her fault. Even if they had cast Emma Stone it wouldn’t have saved this movie. So where did it go wrong? I could blame first time writer/director Peter Sattler, and I think I will.
The story, while potentially meaningful, seemed forced. Camp X-Ray plays out like the type of story an over emotional, somewhat socially conscious, 15 year old would tell. Bottom line, the story lacks any sincerity, or any real depth. I do have to give credit to Sattler for some of the dialogue he wrote for Ali (Moaadi). Although, something tells me Moaadi had a great deal to do with that.
The one saving grace of this film is in fact, Moaadi. His delivery is clever and his character is completely uncomfortable to watch at times, and I mean that in the best way possible. Other than Moaadi, the cast was completely lackluster.
When it comes down to it, this movie is not unwatchable. It’s not even that bad really. It’s just everything you’d expect from a movie that had a micro budget which was most likely spent entirely on the cast. This is not ground breaking, this is not special. This is the type of thing that you watch late at night when you’re too lazy to search for your remote and you’re stuck on the Independent Film Channel.