340. Taxi To The Dark Side (2007)

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7.2 Interesting, if not heavy
  • Directing 7.1
  • Content 7.3
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Starring: Alex Gibney

Director: Alex Gibney

Running Time: 106 mins


Taxi To The Dark Side is an American documentary that looks at the USA’s torture tactics, namely in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, and how many US soldiers abused their duty to interrogate terror suspects.

This was another very interesting film. Following a complex issue, this was at times a little bit too in-depth to focus on well, but I thought it was still extremely interesting, as well as very disturbing and sad to see what was being done in these torture camps.

Firstly, this film is very explicit in showing what was going on inside US interrogation posts, with numerous disturbing pictures that were absolutely horrible to witness, made even worse by the fact that there were often soldiers smiling, laughing or looking at the camera with their thumbs up over a suspect they had brutally wounded, humiliated or even murdered.

The main background focus of this film is on the murder of an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar in 2002, and I thought that this was fascinating to look into, because although there were numerous trials and public reprimands for those who had been abusive in their torture that were well-documented, this seems to have been glossed over by many of the judges, so returning to look at that was very interesting.

Overall, this gets a 7.2 because it was a fascinating and insightful documentary about an appallingly bad problem that was taking place in recent years.

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