DVD Review: Camp X-Ray
Camp X-Ray follows a young female soldier (Kristen Stewart), on her first deployment, ready to prove herself, at the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Writer-director Peter Sattler sets his story against the clinical day to day operational detail of keeping the prisoners, sorry, detainees, alive whilst living a life of limbo.
Sattler’s purpose seems to be to throw some political questions in the air, whilst at the same time dealing with issues of power, sexism and injustice. Camp X-Ray’s problems come two fold. Focusing on the bland, inane lives that both detainees and soldiers endure, essentially makes for a bland, inane experience for the viewer.
Fortunately, this kind of film is ripe for some fascinating character study, especially when Stewart’s character forms a kind of friendship with one of the detainees. However Sattler seems incapable of developing either character and instead we get to see Stewart as a female solider out for her depth and learning nothing.