Based on a true story, a soldier is sent to Iraq to work at an infamous prison in the movie Prisoner of War. We have the Prisoner of War review right here.
The pictures shocked the world and made it to the front pages of newspapers back in 2004; American soldiers torturing and posing with Iraq prisoners. The incident becomes the premise of the film Prisoner of War, as young soldier Jack Farmer (Luke Moran) says his goodbyes to his family and sets out for Iraq.
Once there, he is stationed at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. He soon finds himself bored of just waiting around and fixing vehicles, so he signs up to work with the military police due to them being short-manned. His job as an MP is to watch over the detainees – some of the most dangerous terrorists around. Farmer soon befriends one of his English-speaking prisoners and they create a bond.
Prisoner of War (which was called The Boys of Abu Ghraib in the US) steers away from concentrating fully on the 2004 incident and instead gives us quite an interesting character drama about being a soldier in Iraq. We see Farmer go through a whole load of emotions and the situation he finds himself in makes him become the person he loathed at the beginning. Luke Moran, who also directed and wrote the screenplay is impressive. He is convincing as a young story and the movie is also well made.
Moran is supported by some familiar faces, such as Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies) and William Heard (Home Alone) although they have very small roles that border on cameo. Another performance I was impressed by was that of Omid Abtati (Argo) as the prisoner who befriends Farmer.
Overall, Prisoner of War is a decent film that shows the horrors of the Abu Ghraib. It’s not as action-packed as one might believe when looking at the poster, but it can be compelling at times. Luke Moran does a great job and he is certainly someone who we’ll be looking out for in the future.
Prisoner of War has just been released on DVD and is worth picking up and viewing.