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  • Summary: Jack Farmer (Luke Moran), a soldier from small town America, works in Iraq’s most infamous prison, Abu Ghraib, where he’s tasked with guarding the Army’s highest priority detainees. Pressured by his superior (Sean Astin) into using harsh techniques on a seemingly innocent detainee (Omid Abtahi), the seductive allure of war quickly turns to a haunting reality that threatens to break him. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 28, 2014
    55
    Shot in New Mexico on a limited budget, Boys of Abu Ghraib is a credible depiction of the tedium, frustration and humiliation of wartime service. (Jack gets coated in human excrement not once but twice.) Naturalistic scenes of boxing, bantering and masturbation, set to a rap and hard-rock score, emphasize that these boys are young American everymen.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Mar 27, 2014
    40
    Too by-the-numbers for the emotional impact to resonate as long as it could and should have.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Apr 3, 2014
    40
    The film has a very good idea in using a single soldier’s perspective to explore how tension and boredom can lead to such extreme misconduct, but it doesn’t go far enough, in the end leaving a disgraceful chapter just dimly illuminated in psychological terms.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 28, 2014
    38
    This is a story that still resonates in the way we deal with war, torture, and detainment camps. It demands depth.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Mar 3, 2014
    30
    Writer-director-star Luke Moran has his heart in the right place, and a clear compassion for soldiers thrust into impossible situations with no training, but he lacks the desire to steer his film in the honest direction this topic requires.
  6. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Mar 27, 2014
    30
    The film hardly scratches Abu Ghraib's surface.
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