Taxi to the Dark Side


Documentary / Crime

IMDb Rating 7.5


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Reviewed by ruhi-yaman 10

This horrifying documentary won the Oscar for 2007. Using the case of an innocent Afghan taxi driver who were tortured to death by American interrogators in Bagram prison as the starting point, the film chronicles the atrocities committed by the Bush administration in the name of American people and an ill-defined &#39;war on terror&#39;.<br/><br/>The film is written, directed and narrated by Alex Gibney, son of a high-ranking naval officer who was an interrogator in World War II. A great American and a true patriot, Frank Gibney&#39;s final disappointment of what became of the great nation of the United States in the hands of a few liars is heart-wrenching.<br/><br/>There is not a single frame in the film that is not supported by hard evidence. All of the investigation was conducted by Americans whose credentials of decency and patriotism are above suspicion. The film is a chronicle of how paranoia, self-serving deceit and mere stupidity can threaten the very values a great nation was built on. It should be impossible for anyone who watches this meticulous document to ever criticize the veracity of claims put forward by the recent films, Rendition, In the Valley of Elah, or Redacted - flawed as films though that they were. <br/><br/>Every person in the world, especially every American, that cares about the true nature of freedom and the sanctity of the individual (the basic tenets on which America was built) should see this film. How could anyone claim that it would be loved only by the supporters of Taliban is beyond me.

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Reviewed by blackburnj-1 9

Too few have heard of Dilawar. Those who have will probably never forget him. Alex Gibney certainly will not. His latest film starts and ends with this poor innocent taxi driver who, in 2002, was taken to the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan. Five days later, he was dead.<br/><br/>Dilawar&#39;s death was the spark which ultimately led to the international awareness of what the Bush administration was doing to its detainees in the war on terror. Gibney&#39;s film, however, decides to look up the tree, not down, to discover who was really responsible for these unpleasant developments.<br/><br/>Gibney&#39;s film is bolstered by frank and interesting interviews with some of the troops on the ground. Their remorse is clear, as is their disgust. And disgust is the right word. This is, by no means, an easy watch. The use of the appalling footage which has been generated by the recent conflicts is necessary because, if anyone is in any doubt about how morally reprehensible these tactics are, this film will make it abundantly clear.<br/><br/>However, this film&#39;s real strength is the structure of its attack on the tactics that are employed. Gibney demonstrates that the tactics used are hopelessly inadequate and never yield effective information. There is a cutting and brilliant comparison with the old techniques and the new where an interviewee, a former FBI interrogator, uses his old tools of interrogation ? words ? and you can feel yourself being persuaded.<br/><br/>This is not just a polemic. It is a human story and a powerful and well-constructed argument. It should be essential viewing as what has happened at Guantanamo, Bagram and Abu Ghraib should never be forgotten. This is excellent, important film-making.<br/><br/>4 Stars out of 5

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Reviewed by imxo 9

There is something you need to know about this film: it is not about real insurgents or terrorists or about real soldiers, and it is certainly not an anti-American film.<br/><br/>It is about how senior military and civilian officials demand results from their subordinates, even if the results are to be obtained by unconscionable, immoral, and illegal means, up to, and including, torture and murder. The fact that many of these results - what the military like to call &quot;the mission&quot; - are faked or just wrong is of no particular concern to them. Naturally, you&#39;ll never find a document signed by any of those officials advocating torture and murder. The most you&#39;ll ever find is a reference to &quot;enhanced interrogation techniques&quot; (i.e., torture). And if a detainee dies, the senior officers and officials always benefit from &quot;plausible deniability&quot; and claim that it must be the fault of junior &quot;bad apple&quot; troops. If terrorists are murderers, some of our own troops have certainly engaged in murder, too. To reveal this is not anti-American; it&#39;s just a simple fact. Because the troops often do it in a group they think they&#39;re not murderers. Just as, I imagine, someone who participates in gang rape does not consider himself, individually, to be a rapist. <br/><br/>While most Military Police (MP) troops are fighting hard on the ground every day in Iraq and Afghanistan, one group of troops which this film examines are those Military Police who are used as prison guards. The other troops examined in the film are some military intelligence (&quot;MI&quot;) troops employed as interrogators in prison camps.<br/><br/>If you don&#39;t know already, Military Police are usually despised by their own troops. If you give a soldier special power over his fellow soldiers he will often abuse it. I still recall an Australian friend of mine mentioning that many of the Aussie &quot;Red Hats&quot; (MPs) who sailed for home after WWII never made it back; their fellow troops threw them overboard.<br/><br/>The old saw about military intelligence being a contradiction in terms is never more apparent than in the case of interrogators. When you hear the word intelligence here you must forget all about spies, codes, and the stuff of James Bond novels. The interrogators of MI are an example of soldiers who are ill prepared, in general, to carry out work that would normally take years to master. They are mostly low-ranking enlisted men and women, privates and sergeants, almost none of whom speak with any proficiency the language of the detainees they&#39;re interrogating.<br/><br/>So, imagine the scenario: senior officials demanding intelligence, no matter how it&#39;s obtained; unqualified interrogators using whatever means they can think of to satisfy their superiors&#39; demands; and MP prison guards who have the power of life and death over their detainees, with almost no restrictions on what they can do to them. Behind all this is the unwritten understanding that if something goes wrong, the troops will probably not be prosecuted. God help the innocent person swept up into this sadistic, bureaucratic system. But as we all know, if you&#39;ve been arrested, you must be guilty. Right? <br/><br/>The elephant in the closet in all this is the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that regards itself as above law, morality, and civilized behavior. It gets away with much of what it does by having the military, foreigners, and contractors to do its dirty work for it. And when somebody has to take a fall, well, that&#39;s what privates and sergeants are for. If your kids are MPs, interrogators, or just in the military, advise them always to watch their backs around those people.<br/><br/>This may be a disturbing film for civilians, but it won&#39;t include many surprises if you&#39;ve served in the armed forces, or on a police force, or in a prison. Those are the people who know about this, but they&#39;re not about to tell you. No wander the USA has pulled out of the War Crimes Treaty. But what officials do not want to admit, even to themselves, is that war crimes are war crimes, no matter if you&#39;re a treaty signatory or not.

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