After breaking out with the Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has demonstrated some sizable dramatic chops with her roles in Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road and blockbuster Snow White & The Huntsman – and with a lead role in Olivier Assayas’ upcoming Clouds of Sils Maria, she doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Recently, Stewart toplined a smaller film, a Guantanamo Bay-set drama titled Camp X-Ray, which premiered to lackluster reviews at Sundance (though most viewers gave the actress high marks for her lead performance).
Our own Emily Estep wasn’t a fan of the film, giving it two and a half out of five stars and concluding that:
While it does have its moments, there’s a lot of wasted potential here, as Camp X-Ray falls flat when attempting to approach larger issues of human rights. Instead, it relies on pop culture references and cheesy metaphors to speak for its characters.
Despite less than enthusiastic reviews (the film is currently sitting not-so-pretty with a 56% Tomatometer on critical aggregate Rotten Tomatoes), IFC Films recently picked up Camp X-Ray and will be distributing it stateside sometime soon (no date has yet been announced). However, the studio did recently reveal a crop of ten images from the film, which you can check out below.
Stewart stars in Camp X-Ray as a young female guard at Guantanamo Bay. While stationed there, she builds an unlikely relationship with a detainee (Payman Maadi), who causes her to question the nature of the prison and American foreign policy as a whole. Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria and John Carroll Lynch co-star in the movie, which was directed by Peter Sattler.
Are you looking forward to seeing this flick, or is Stewart’s star appeal not enough to distract from Camp X-Ray‘s poor notices? Let us know below!
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