The Road to Guantanamo (2006) - Documentary, Drama, War

Hohum Score

57

Bearable

Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Mat Whitecross
Stars: Riz Ahmed, Farhad Harun
Length: 95 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 11 out of 96 found boring (11.45%)

One-line Reviews (47)

George Bush and his neocons have completely discarded the rule of law and are engaging in torture to pursue their evil ends.

Even Soviet cold war-era propaganda was more subtle and less obvious!

Gripping Re-Creation of Muslim Slackers Accidentally Caught Up in Terrible History .

Voices of politicians (Jack Straw, Donald Rumsfeld), lawyers for the prisoners, and the chief legal officer of England, Lord Justice Styne, in a stunning rebuke, are also heard.

This is in-your-face film-making of a peculiarly intense kind.

It is a stunning piece of work.

The realism of these segments is gripping, interspersed with Al Jazeera video footage from the time.

Parts of this movie were as gut-wrenching as they were engrossing.

I found it compelling.

They were being accused of belonging to Al Qaeda and hobnobbing with Osama Bin Laden in 2000, when they were actually engaging in petty crime in Britain and having to report to the police on a regular basis.

Though it is a bit confusing as to why it took so long for them to admit their British citizenship, their very idiocy and naiveté effectively undercuts the rationale for Guantánamo and its counter-productive interrogations of alleged evil-doers and their sympathizers.

For example, the point from which they want to leave Kabul back for Pakistan only to find themselves trapped with the Taliban is a little scantily dealt with.

Pure propaganda, if you believe this, you will believe almost anything.

Many people have started to stereotype their views because of mainly what is in the media, 'Propaganda', What was allowed to be shown and what was censored from the public during the wars in the Middle East.

Terrorism Propaganda .

Although the play is more thoughtful and provides more perspective, Winterbottom's intense, gutsy agitprop is far more powerful.

I found it compelling.

An eyes-open nightmare full of dust and colliding waves of refugees followed by the interminable grind of terror, insults from thugs and 'cultured' interrogators, boredom and torture suffered by the captives in a situation that Kafka and Orwell could never have imagined.

This is a slick well put together piece of terrorist propaganda in which 3 boys who have had all the privileges and liberties of western society travel, weeks after 911, 12000 miles across the world and "get lost" in a van with 50 other foreign fighters, who also "got lost" after accidentally picking up AK47s and rpgs, and again accidentally head for the front-line in an imminent war.

While a viewer has to take the facts with some grains of salt, the film is as gripping as it is cautionary on many levels.

Road to Guantanamo definitely goes down in my list of most effective and gripping films.

Michael Winterbottom and co-director Mat Whitecross have shot this story on location with intense vividness.

This is a trite comparison, I know, but violence is trite, and banal.

Oh well, I guess we all need a good dose of propaganda every now and then.

Pure propaganda...

This may be an intentional effect by the filmmakers to illustrate the repetitive nature of the detentions at Guantanamo.

And it's just plain ridiculous to see the red tape process they have over the transportation of unarmed prisoners from their cell to the interrogation office - with the masking, kneeling, lying faced away, hands on the head, cuffs, and being dragged, all this while with someone pointing a machine gun.

This is the TRUTH the government lies about and it is indeed gripping and real.

Compelling .

Simply ignorant anti-American propaganda .

I found this docu-drama highly intense and gripping.

The nature of the story means the film is fascinating and easily held my interesting, providing a first-hand account of a camp that not even the UN are allowed to get.

The realism of these segments is gripping, interspersed with Al Jazeera video footage from the time.

I've seen comments saying this is great, others saying it's pure one-sided propaganda.

Thank you to the director and everyone associated with this gripping piece of cinema and it surely deserves to reach a wide audience

Gripping docu/drama .

It is biased and anti-American propaganda.

This is probably one of the most mind boggling films I have ever seen.

He's unpredictable.

Movie itself is pretty decent tho its only one sided (anti American propaganda - torture of the innocents, harassing people who go on a vacation to a war zone :>).

I saw this docudrama at SilverDocs and thought it gave an intriguing, if brutal and chilling, look into the detentions at Guantanamo Bay.

The film is at times gripping, albeit in a safe, agitprop way.

Umm..How is this propaganda?

This is an important and absorbing film, which as with the same director's 'In This World', reminds you of how large the world is.

The confusion of Afghanistan and Pakistan as the bombs fall and the invaders take over is totally convincing.

Umm How is this propaganda?

What a brilliant and compelling story of three blokes from England, who happen to be of color, on a journey to a mate's wedding in Pakistan, who decide to make a trek to Afghanistan to perhaps make a contribution to that country's situation.