Complex issues aren’t sensationalized in Alex Gibney’s Taxi To The Dark Side.
Taxi To The Dark Side (Seville, 2007) D: Alex Gibney. Rating: NNNNN; DVD package: NNNNN
In 2002, an Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar was arrested and then beaten to death by American soldiers in Bagram prison, a torture-murder stemming directly from the U.S. post-9/11 interrogation policy. Veteran documentarian Alex Gibney takes Dilawar's story as the centre point of a comprehensive exploration of American torture that includes the thing itself and its effects, the way it filtered through the system, Vice-President Dick Cheney's role in implementing it, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and much more.
Solid structure, a refusal to sensationalize and a commitment to the highest-quality journalism make his take on a difficult subject highly accessible. There's far more here than can be absorbed in one viewing, and Gibney's excellent commentary both clarifies and adds to the complexity, highlighting key statements and events and filling in additional details.
The movie is brilliant, and the question it deals with sits at the heart of Western civilization. Don't miss it.
EXTRAS Director commentary, WWII military interrogator Frank Gibney interview, two TV interviews, outtakes. Widescreen. English, French audio. English subtitles.