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Boys of Abu Ghraib 2014 R CC

3.9 out of 5 stars (26) IMDb 5.3/10

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:
Luke Moran, Sean Astin
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller
Director Luke Moran
Starring Luke Moran, Sean Astin
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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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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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This has been released in the UK as 'Prisoners of war' but I think `Boys of Abu Ghraib' - is a much better title. This has been written by Luke Moran who also directed it and in case you wonder what he looks like, he is also the star- so is it a vanity project? Not really it centres on Jack Farmer who goes off to the war in Iraq and gets assigned to the infamous Abu Ghraib where he works in the motor pool. He soon finds out that, apart from the mortar attacks, boredom is his main enemy and so volunteers to do guard duty in the gaol.

Once there he is introduced to some of the less wholesome methods of prisoner husbandry. Sleep deprivation, humiliation, stress positions and more. He then develops a friendship with one of the prisoners and soon he starts to look at his charges in a different light - what follows will have far reaching consequences.

This is actually quite a good film though it has attracted criticism for being a `white wash' of what actually took place - also no women soldiers are depicted. It is also an attempt to explain how the captors became torturers but at the same time only scratches the surface. Unless you were there you are probably not in a fully informed position to say. This though is based on actual events whilst remaining a work of fiction. As a film it is both interesting and engaging - there is not a lot of action here though so if you are looking for a war film then it might be one to avoid. If you like films that deal with the psychological effects of war then you will find a lot here to be of interest.
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"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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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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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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