Release Date : Apr 28, 2007 Wide Genre Movie :Documentary,Special Interest
Mpaa Rating : R
Actors :Alex Gibney,Alberto Mora,John Yoo,John Scott Horton,Alfred McCoy,Ken Davis,Tony Lagouranis,Moazzam Begg,Willie Brand,Jack Cloonan,Damien Corsetti,Carlotta Gall,Tim Golden,Carl Levin,Anthony Morden,Glendale Walls,Lawrence Wilkerson,Tim Wilner
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 brutal bout of torture and abuse according to the medical examiner who inspected his body. The examiner concluded that the taxi driver's hands had been bound to the ceiling, forcing him to stand for hours on end as his assailants repeatedly -- and relentlessly -- kicked him. Compelled to finally unearth the truth about the mysterious fate of the deceased taxi driver, filmmaker Alex Gibney takes viewers on an illuminating journey from a tiny Afghani village to Guantanamo Bay to Abu Ghraib, and ultimately the White House, to explore why the man who turned up in the morgue wasn't the only victim to fall prey to the Bush administration's controversial foreign policy. By examining the sad fate of the wrongly accused, the toll that the War on Terror has taken on an exhausted United States military, and Justice Department official John Yoo's internal memo concerning interrogation techniques, the filmmakers behind Taxi to the Dark Side encourage viewers to weigh out the issues for themselves, and never accept what's told to them on face value. The film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 80th Annual Academy Awards. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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New Review For Movie Taxi to the Dark SideLike 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
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.
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
Along with No End in Sight, this movie is one of the essential documentaries of the ongoing war.
David Denby-New Yorker
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-Film.com
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
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
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.
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!
[An] assiduously investigated, brilliantly argued documentary.
Gerald Peary-Boston Phoenix
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
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
This is a deservedly acclaimed film; it's confronting and deeply saddening, but essential
Andrew L. Urban-Urban Cinefile
Alex Gibney won best documentary Oscar for this gruelling, angry movie.
Peter Bradshaw-Guardian [UK]
An unflinching documentary that exposes one of the darkest chapters in American history.
Will Lawrence-Empire Magazine
Gibney asks us to ponder the likelihood of getting good information from suspects turned in by bounty-hunting locals (more than 90% of those jailed for terrorist activity or connections to terrorists were fingered for a reward).
Jean Lowerison-San Diego Metropolitan
It's very powerful but disturbing stuff.
Jeff Vice-Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Yet another powerful indictment of actions connected to the war on terror.
James Verniere-Boston Herald
A consistently strong piece of filmmaking with some breathtaking work by cinematographers Maryse Alberti and Greg Andracke.
Impossible to shake off.
Marc Savlov-Austin Chronicle
Every voting adult concerned about the damages created by the Bush administration in the wake of 9/11 should watch it. So should those who steadfastly believe that no real or lasting damages have been made by that administration.
Christopher Smith-Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Released on DVD just in time for the presidential election, Taxi to the Dark Side should enrage even more people than it already has.
Sal Cinquemani-Slant Magazine
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Movie Overview For Taxi to the Dark SideAn in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002
TagLine Taxi to the Dark Side In 2002, a young cap driver picked up a few passengers near his home in Afghanistan... He never returned.