Taxi to the Dark Side
Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

A stunning inquiry into the suspicious death of an Afghani taxi driver at Bagram air base in 2002, the film is a fastidiously assembled, uncommonly well-researched examination of how an innocent civilian was apprehended, imprisoned,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 2008
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Consensus: Taxi to the Dark Side is an intelligent, powerful look into the dark corners of the War on Terror.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Like the Iraq war documentary No End in Sight, this movie about the U.S. military's systematic torture of terror suspects is a triumph not of reporting but of synthesis.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Along with No End in Sight, this movie is one of the essential documentaries of the ongoing war.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Filmmaker Gibney, whose involvement with anti-establishment exposés could conceivably mark him for his own eventual rendition by the forces of freedom, carefully guides us up the chain of command to the policy level.

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org

Certain to inspire both outrage and sorrow, Alex Gibney's harrowing documentary -- about the torture and abuse of suspected terrorists in U.S. military prisons -- ranks among recent cinema's more excoriating moral indictments.

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Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

Taxi to the Dark Side joins a growing list of outspoken documentaries that question the rationale and conduct of America's presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our willingness to destroy freedom in order to save it.

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Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Consciously depressing, draining and damning. A dizzying, disorienting tone befits indictments against vulgarly abused power, and Gibney avoids judging soldiers already punished in accordance with a system of blame shamefully traveling down, never up.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Taxi to the Dark Side is a stunning indictment of torture as policy, a brilliant documentary whose arguments are so well-supported and reasonably made that you can't ignore them.

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Philip Marchand
Toronto Star

The film certainly makes its case, tracing a chain of abuse from Bagram to the notorious Iraqi prison, Abu Ghraib, to the cells of Guantanamo.

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Jennifer Merin
About.com

A shocking expose about the American military's use of torture to get confessions--not always truthful ones--from prisoners suspected of terrorism. This is the kind of film that can make a difference!

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"In 2002, a young cab driver picked up a few passengers near his home in Afghanistan... He never returned."</i> An in-depth look at… More
Luke Baldock
This is an excellent documentary built on hard facts. It shows the outrageous lengths that the US will go to and how damaging and tragic their methods can be.… More
Steve K
Persuasive film about military conduct and the ideologies that led to the torturing and eventual death of one man in particular, and how his story is a… More
Daniel Hetteix
Despite its name and apparent focus, this movie uses the single atrocity of an Afghani taxi driver unjustly jailed, tortured and killed as a springboard into… More
Sarah Gaish
Possibly one of the best documentaries that I've seen in a long while. well researched and not biased in anyway....and will leave you feeling a little… More
El Hombre Invisible
This is a film that needs to be seen by as broad an audience as possible. The subject matter will reverberate through history. America has developed a culture… More

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