In The Mauritanian (2021), an attorney uncovers a deep conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The film is based on the memoir Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, the film stars Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, and Zachary Levi. YouTuber Chris from his channel Movies And Munchies shares his thoughts on the legal drama.
Tahar Rahim who stars as Mohamedou, he’s really the star of this movie. He delivers a very powerful performance. He’s scared, broken, tortured and then finally compliant. The emotion he carries in his eyes just conveys hope. But he’s not too trusting … I love that we also get to see other aspects of his personality. There’s a strength and survival instinct that comes through. But what I really liked is that they don’t destroy the sympathetic character that’s within.
Probably the most interesting character and most interesting part of the film centers around scenes with Mohamedou, says the YouTuber, who praises his performance from Tahar Rahim. The film does a great job in giving the audience a sense of connection with him and he really enjoys the vulnerability that the actor gives the character.
The story is slow burn and at times feels very repetitive in that the audience is shown the same interactions, with different dialogue. However, the YouTuber does note the film covers the topic of injustices very well and has an interesting spin on the story because it shows the story from very different perspectives and sides rather than the traditional bad vs good.
YouTuber Chris from the channel Movies And Munchies, rates and reviews new movies and TV shows regularly.