Movie Review: The Mauritanian


Title: The Mauritanian

Genre: Historical Non-Fiction

Release Date: February 12th, 2021

My Rating: ★★★★☆

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley


Summary from IMDB: 

Mohamedou Ould Slahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.


IMDB Trailer


If a movie could humanize the one thing that defined your childhood, this one would be it. I was 16 when the World Trade Center fell. Those events shaped how I would grow up and how the world would change after that, but even though we heard on the news about the people who carried out these attacks, and their fate, never did the media once humanize these men.

Its hard to think of them as more than just the monsters that attacked American people, but what our government did to those that we deemed terrorists, was just as bad. Someone had to pay, and many did.

This movie follows the true story of Mohamedau Ould Salhi from the moment he was captured, up until many years later when he was finally released a free man.

There aren't many words I can say to portray the conflict I felt watching this movie, and how I think it has helped me grow as a person. I can't wait to get my hands on the memoir this man wrote after his release, to hear the story from his perspective, because there are always two sides to the story.

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