A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squad-mates, she strikes up an usual friendship with one of the detainees.
I didn’t know this story would be so simple. I mean that in a good way. Most of this movie takes place while Cole (Kristen Stewart), the new guard, is on duty. The guards are babysitting the detainees: not from escaping, but preventing them from killing themselves.
Cole meets one of the detainees named Ali (Peyman Moadi) while offering books during her first shift. From there the story kicks off.
This two hour movie is simply a long, split up conversation between two people that are both far from home (ones a young female soldier, the other is a suspected terrorist, during the years of 9/11)—but somehow, a friendship is born. The performance between these two are outstanding.