An eye-catching cast leads the upcoming legal drama “The Mauritanian”. Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, and Zachary Levi tell the troubling story of Mohamedou Ould Salahi who languished in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp for 14 years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was held without charge and without a trial. The film is directed by Kevin Macdonald and will finally get its release following several COVID-19 related delays.
The first trailer dropped this morning and it leaves a pretty mixed impression. On one hand it’s filled with lines of stilted made-for-the-screen dialogue. On the other hand there is an undoubtedly rich story to be told and (with the exception of Cumberbatch’s hilariously exaggerated accent) the cast looks up to it. It all comes down to the script and if it can avoid the temptation to preach and let its story do the talking.
“The Mauritanian” currently has a February 19, 2021 release date. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.