Taxi to the Dark Side
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From the producer of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Who Killed the Electric Car? comes a documentary that takes a critical look at the Bush administration's policy on torture by investigating the death of an Afghan taxi driver who, after being taken into the custody of American soldiers at Bagram Air Force Base, suffered fatal injuries at the hands of U.S. soldiers. In 2002, American soldiers accused an Afghan taxi driver of taking part in a deadly rocket attack. Five days after being handed over to the U.S. military for questioning, the man was found dead -- the victim of a… More
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"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Along with No End in Sight, this movie is one of the essential documentaries of the ongoing war."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"[An] assiduously investigated, brilliantly argued documentary."
‑ Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix
"This is a deservedly acclaimed film; it's confronting and deeply saddening, but essential"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Nails the fact that murder, injuries, sexual abuse, humiliation and degradation of prisoners was covered up and condoned at the highest levels of the Bush Administration."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Alex Gibney won best documentary Oscar for this gruelling, angry movie."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"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."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Philip Marchand, Toronto Star
"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!"
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"A comprehensive movie, an everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask film, engaging, paced well, informative, and professionally polished."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"An unflinching documentary that exposes one of the darkest chapters in American history."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
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