The Mauritanian (2021)

Directed by Kevin Macdonald

Starring Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, Tahar Rahim

I wanted to see this film since I saw the trailer and today I finally got to rent it. Based on a true story, I was interested but I admit that I had no idea about what happened so the film took me by surprise.

The film is about Mohamedou Ould Slahi and his fight for freedom after being held captive by the US government for suspicion of being involved in 911. The thing about his case is that he has not been charged with a crime and has not had a trial in the years he has been held in a Guantanamo Bay prison. Nancy Hollander and Teri Duncan find about him and decide to take the case to help him.

The first impression is that the film was not what I expected and I don’t mean it in a bad way. I expected a film where the drama was going to be in the courtroom, classic style like A few good men, but I was surprised that it is a human story and that went along with the legal things. I thought the movie did a good job at developing the trust between Mahomedou and Nancy. And as an audience, we get to know this character little by little until we can understand his frustration and pain. It keeps you interested on two sides, with the story of Mohamedou and how Nancy is building up her case. The side of the defense I liked because it was not the typical villain lawyer, on the contrary, he wanted to the right thing.

In terms of the performances all praises to Tahar Rahim, he was truly compelling in his performance. Jodie Foster again delivers a great performance to go along with so many other great performances in her career. Benedict Cumberbatch also delivered a good performance.

The movie was good, in terms of suspense it had less than I expected but that is because I envisioned a different film. This film is a drama movie about the main character and his fight for freedom. But the movie does keep you interested as you discover the truth of what he went through and for me it was hard to see what he endured and the fact that it was all without real evidence and just the need for revenge.

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