Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Mauritanian (THEATERS) - 2 1/2 Stars - February 12, 2021

 A "issue" film based on the shocking 2015 memoir Guantanamo Diary, The Mauritanian reminds viewers of America's torture of suspected terrorists.  Jody Foster plays driven ACLU attorney Nancy Hollander, who takes pro bono the case of Mohamedon Ould Slashi, whom authorities held fourteen years without formally charging.  Benedict Cumberbatch plays the government attorney, shocked by his discovery of the government's lengths of enhanced interrogation.  Tahar Rahim brings wit, anger and nuance to the lead.   Recent events have brought other issues to the forefront.  The Muraritanian provides a reminder of another wearisome subject that does not belong in our rear view mirror. .