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The Road to Guantanamo

The Road to Guantanamo

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: June 23, 2006 Released by: Roadside Attractions

The subject matter and main characters are presented in compellingly realistic documentary fashion in The Road to Guantanamo.

Co-directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, the picture unchronologically recounts the ordeal of the Tipton Three, Brits of Muslim descent.

The perspective is from those men - Ruhel Ahmed, Asif Iqbal, and Shafiq Rasul - who are treated as terrorists as their plans to a wedding brings them from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Unfortunate circumstances gets them corraled by the US Army and Marines with internment in Afghanistan. Later, they wear the orange suits when imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay as their situation looks bleak. But, somehow, these prisoners have a will as their characters face a similar dilemma to the ones in Midnight Express.

Winterbottom (In This World, Tristram Shandy, 24 Hour Party People) and Whitecross are very astute in shading reality and fiction in a darkly, troubling manner, going beyond actual news report footage depicted. Elements of the story seem to be reiterated, and a narrator emerges later on when things get more nebulous.

The Road to Guantanamo isn't out on a political platform, just a very disquieting drama that hits one below the belt about three brave, detained men subjugated at length without due process of law.

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