The Prisoner Or: How I Tried To Kill Tony Blair

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Director:
Michael Tucker
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
The Prisoner Or: How I Tried To Kill Tony Blair is a 2006 documentary about an ordinary Iraqi citizen caught in the crossfire of the War. Filmmakers Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker combine first-person interviews with animated segments to recount the traffic story of Yunis Khatayer Abbas. In September 2003, Abbas, an Iraqi journalist, lived in a middle-class Baghdad neighborhood with his family. In the middle of the night, American soldiers storm the house. Abbas and his three brothers are taken in for questioning. His captors try to force a confession to various crimes without success, so he is then transferred to the notorious Abu Ghraib Prison. He spends nine months in horrible conditions under the vague charge of planning the assassination of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, in spite of no incriminating evidence. This film works as a companion piece to the directors' "In Gunner Palace," which recounted an American soldier's experiences during the Iraq War.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    The Prisoner is in many ways a justifiably angry film, simmering with moral outrage. But it is also -- surprisingly, maybe even amazingly -- hopeful.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    It is a depressing story, certainly, as well as moving, confusing and, at a fast 72 minutes, at once undercooked and overpadded.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    The film becomes a dizzying descent into a world of contradictions, military illogic and ineffectual bureaucracy.

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Documentary, Drama

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