Boys of Abu Ghraib 2014 R CC

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(12) IMDb 5.2/10
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From the Producers of Blood Diamond comes a dramatic thriller about a forbidden friendship between an American soldier and an Iraqi detainee during the infamous scandal in the world's most notorious prison: Abu Ghraib.

Starring:
Sean Astin, John Heard
Runtime:
1 hour 43 minutes

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Boys of Abu Ghraib

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller
Director Luke Moran
Starring Sean Astin, John Heard
Supporting actors Sara Paxton, Omid Abtahi, John Heard, Michael Welch, John Robinson, Elijah Kelley, Scott Patterson, Jermaine Williams, Cru Ennis, Bernhard Forcher, Luis Bordonada, Jerry Hernandez, Jennifer Ferran, Morgan Gardiner, Levi Boultinghouse, Debrianna Mansini, Lee Roy Kunz, Thomas Payton
Studio Anderson Digital
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on April 29, 2014
Format: DVD
This is a gritty war drama that utilizes Abu Ghraib and answers the question posed at the end, "What kind of person could do this?"

Jack (Luke Moran) is the all American boy who volunteers to join the service. He is on a boring 6 month tour in the motor pool at Abu Ghraib. Bored with his job, he volunteers to help out the short handed MPs on the "Hard Side." Without any training, save for a quick tour by Sean Astin, Jack is now a fully functional guard of some the the world's most dangerous men.

Jack is initially appalled at the treatment of the prisoners. he is told "You get used to it." Jack's enthusiasm wanes as his tour gets extended, turning into the man he never thought he could be.

The film shows some of the torture at Abu Ghraib, but is mild compared to what has been described in the media. The humiliation and much of the torture is down played and can be considered justified to a sympathetic viewer attempting to understand the events. The Military Intelligence and contractors were only briefly mentioned and played no role.

For those you want to see a woman order naked men to make a pyramid or play leap frog will have to look elsewhere. This film treats the situation perhaps with more sympathy and dignity than it deserves, while at the same time giving us a gritty tale on how "a person could do something like that."

Worth a view for modern war fans,

Parental Guide: F-bomb, brief sex. male rear nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny I. Andrus on April 3, 2014
Format: DVD
I really liked this movie. It felt like an honest and authentic look at what it must have been like to be a soldier placed in an impossible situation. I thought about the psychological tests that sure how good people in bad circumstances can make reprehensible choices. Where does moral responsibility lie? The story was cogent and compelling, the acting strong, and the ending in particular very powerful. Some of the scenes (in the prison) were difficult to watch, but I'm very glad that I saw it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pearl Buck on March 26, 2014
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I liked this movie, I am always interested in movies like this. First, I am a retired correctional officer and second I had a nephew do two tours in Iraq so movies like this interest me. There was also a lot of controversy over these actions that took place at this prison so it was like getting a look at someone's viewpoint of what actually happened or what they say happened. I probably will watch it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spahn on March 31, 2014
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I didn't know what to expect but I really enjoyed this movie. It's been 10 years now since the Abu Ghraib prison photos came out. Maybe this is the first treatment of it. The movie is from only one perspective, that of a prison guard. It seems authentic, not gung ho, and neither condemning or apologetic. It makes you think and examine how you feel about the Iraq War and the realities of interrogation.
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Format: DVD
"I've gotten to know this guy, whatever he's in here for he did not do." Jack Farmer (Moran) is a soldier on his first tour in Iraq. After a few months he becomes bored and applies to be an MP. He is assigned to the base in Abu Ghraib. He shows up as a wide eyed trusting soldier. After breaking the rules and talking to an inmate things begin to change, the rest is history. First of all the movie is a little slow moving but the fact that its a true story makes it that much more interesting and is enough to keep you watching. This is a movie where just about everyone knows how it will turn out but that only adds to the intrigue. While there isn't much action in this I will say some parts are very graphic and hard to watch. This doesn't show half of what we were told went on but that is a good thing. The thing I found most interesting was watching how Jack goes from a naive guard to part of the problem. While the story is important the movie doesn't do it justice. I really think the movie needs to be redone in a way that doesn't have a made for TV movie feel. To me the best part was the last 2 minutes. Overall, important but again the movie doesn't do the story justice. I give this a B-.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Michael Wieben on March 3, 2014
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The writer-director-star of this film walks a fine line between white-washing the events and presenting a psychological exploration of what evolves when a perpetrator becomes a victim. He lost the opportunity of demonstrating how an ordinary morally good young man (or woman, which he doesn't even broach as there are no women soldiers in this film) can through indoctrination and boredom become the monsters he's supposed to be fighting. During the film he lightly hints at this and even nearly realizes this at the very end when he returns home after his tour and the effect of his experience are suggested with the relationship with his family and girlfriend and as the abuses are publicly exposed. What could have been a powerful exploration (like "The Deer Hunter") turns out to be milk-toast.
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