The Mauritanian

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 2.0

In 2002, after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Tahar Rahim) is placed in the detainment center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba by U.S. authorities without any charges brought against him, so American attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) - along with assistant Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) - volunteer to take up his case and try to get him released.  While it's clear that the "advanced interrogation techniques" used against Salahi and his fellow inmates were severe and cruel - it's torture - the movie kind of glosses over the fact that Salahi was not what you'd call completely innocent, arguing the law (specifically, habeas corpus) instead of the facts: he did train with terrorist group al-Qaeda, admitted to acquiring explosives, did receive a phone call from Osama Bin Laden's phone and lied a lot about who he knew.  In real life Lt. Col. Stuart Couch (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) said he felt Salahi was a "high level" operative but the U.S., in its frothy fervor, couldn't put all the intel together, so it's not like he should be celebrated as a "victim."  We should instead be condemning ourselves for not being smarter about the whole operation.