Camp X-Ray (film)

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(Wikipedia) - Camp X-Ray (film) Camp X-Ray Directed by Produced by Written by Starring Music by Cinematography Edited by Production company Distributed by Release dates Running time Country Language Budget
Peter Sattler
  • Ellen Goldsmith-Vein
  • David Gordon Green
  • Gina Kwon
  • Lindsay Williams
  • Sophia Lin
  • Emmy Ellison
  • Cassandra B. Laymon
Peter Sattler
Jess Stroup
James Laxton
Geraud Brisson
Gotham Group Upload Films
IFC Films
117 minutes
United States
$1 million

Camp X-Ray is a 2014 American independent drama film based on the temporary detention facility Camp X-Ray at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The film is the directorial debut of Peter Sattler who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi with John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, and Joseph Julian Soria in supporting roles. The film premiered on January 17, 2014 at 2014 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. dramatic competition category and will be released on October 17, 2014 by IFC Films.

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
    • 3.1 Filming
  • 4 Promotion and Marketing
  • 5 Soundtrack
  • 6 Reception
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Army private first class Amy Cole, (Kristen Stewart) is placed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay detention camp, specifically Camp Delta. Her convictions become less certain after she strikes up a tenuous friendship with one of the detainees.

  • Kristen Stewart as PFC Amy Cole
  • Peyman Moaadi as Amir Ali
  • Julia Duffy as Betty Cole
  • John Carroll Lynch as COL James Drummond
  • Lane Garrison as CPL "Randy" Ransdell
  • Joseph Julian Soria as PFC Rico Cruz
  • Tara Holt as PFC Mary Winters
  • Ser''Darius Blain as PFC Raymond Jackson
  • Cory Michael Smith as PFC Bergen
  • Mark Naji as Detainee #1
  • Anoop Simon as Detainee #2
  • Robert Tarpinian as Detainee #3
  • Yousuf Azami as Ehan
  • Marco Khan as Mahmoud
  • Kyle Bornheimer as Night Shift C.O.
  • Nawal Bengholam as Newscaster
  • LaDell Preston as IRF #1
  • Daniel Leavitt as IRF #2

On February 6, 2014, IFC Films announced their acquisition of the North American rights to the film. Shooting Stars LLC acquired the rights to distribute the film in the United Arab Emirates. EDGE Entertainment will distribute Camp X-Ray in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The film will also be distributed in Lebanon and Iraq with an October 30, 2014 release date.


Production for Camp X-Ray took place in Los Angeles and Whittier, California. Principal photography began on July 17, 2013 and ended in mid-August. The location used for filming the prison scenes was the abandoned Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier, California.

Promotion and Marketing

The film moved to post-production in late summer 2013. The special effects were edited by Comen VFX company. On December 5 it was announced that the film will have its premiere on January 17 at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S Dramatic Competition category. On July 3, 2014, ten new stills from the film were released.

IFC Films released the official trailer on August 8, 2014 on its YouTube channel.

The film has been rated "R" by the MPAA for language and brief nude images. Camp X-Ray will be available in select theaters and through Video on Demand starting October 17, 2014.

"Camp X-Ray" is a selection for the Atlantic Film Festival, Deauville American Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Leiden International Film Festival, and the Stockholm International Film Festival.

The film premiered with a special screening on October 6, 2014 in New York City.


The soundtrack for Camp X-Ray includes "Kettering" by The Antlers from Hospice.. The song "You There" by Aquilo is featured in the trailer released by IFC Films.

Jess Stroup''s original score for the film soundtrack will be released through iTunes by Lakeshore Records on October 14, 2014.


The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival with mixed to positive reviews, with specific praise of Stewart''s and Moaadi''s performances. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes indicates that 71% of 14 film critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 6.1 out of 10.

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter gave a positive review to the film by saying that "A somber but cogent drama that uses its setting as a provocative backdrop rather than a debate point" and praising the lead actors by saying that "Stewart, delivering perhaps her best screen work to date as an inexperienced military guard, against an equally compelling characterization from Maadi as the long-term detainee who pierces her shell."

Marlow Stern of The Daily Beast wrote, "- by the end of Camp X-Ray, you’re won over by Stewart’s layered turn as Cole, and Maadi’s as the defiant Ali. It’s a role perfectly suited to her strengths—vulnerability and hidden courage—and few young actresses, with the exception of Jennifer Lawrence, can hold a close-up like Stewart."

Rob Nelson in his review of the film for Variety said that "Camp X-Ray is most commendable for believably depicting the U.S. military from a female officer’s point of view" and that "The two leads (Stewart and Maadi) are excellent and play off each other deftly."

Scott Mendelson of Forbes wrote, "Kristen Stewart is engaging and Peyman Moaadi avoids the “noble savage” cliché with ease. The performances are stronger than the film which contains them, but since the picture is mostly a two-hander that’s not entirely a fatal flaw."

Eric Kohn of Indiewire criticized the screenplay and direction by saying that "Sattler''s frustratingly on-the-nose screenplay" and "It''s a powerful assertion about the prospects of being trapped by misguided intentions, which sadly applies to Camp X-Ray itself" but ultimately praised Stewart''s performance.

Brian Perry of Tastic wrote, "-she (Stewart) proved me and the Sundance Film Festival critics wrong as she is immensely convincing in her role as a small town woman wanting to make something of her life inside the military," and "Peyman Moaadi also performs great as an accused terrorist, whose innocence remains a lingering question throughout."

Xan Brooks of The Guardian gave the film only two out of five stars, echoing praise for the acting, saying "Moaadi (so good as the shifty dad in the A Separation) is suitably anguished as Ali, while Stewart copes well as his pensive prison guard, constantly trying to act more tough than she is. It''s a role that reminds us what a fine performer she was in the likes of Into the Wild and Adventureland", but criticised the film in general, saying "the supporting players are little more than equal opportunity stereotypes (frothing Islamists; brutish grunts), while the dialogue is a clatter of cookie-cutter exposition, intent on telling us everything but explaining very little".

However, Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a negative review by saying that "it’s also a flatly made movie" and said that Stewart was miscast in the role as "she has no toughness, no moxie, no callouses on her aide."

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