Contradicting the naysayers and lily-livered, Michael Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo” is getting released in the U.S. this summer, reports indieWIRE today. Roadside Attractions (the distrib behind “Super Size Me“) is taking on the risky project, which some have said depicts U.S. soldiers in a harsh and unforgiving light. It’s about time. (Whoops, did I write that? Well, just check out this shocking story from the New York Times yesterday about a US prison in Iraq where “some soldiers beat prisoners with rifle butts, yelled and spit in their faces and, in a nearby area, used detainees for target practice in a game of jailer paintball.”)
The fact is that “Guantanamo” will surely be divisive, being used by conservatives (to show the left as unpatriotic) as much as by liberals (to show proof of the Bush regime’s injustices.) In the run up to the 2006 Congressional elections, I get the feeling that “Guantanamo” is only one among many Bush-bashing/anti-war narratives, starting with “Vendetta,” next month’s satire “American Dreamz,” and innumerable documentaries from Sir! No Sir! (opening in April and May theatrically) to Winter Soldier (hitting DVD on May 30). With “The Da Vinci Code” already roiling Christians and who knows what subversive politics may lie beneath the surface of “X-Men 3” and Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns,” it’s going to be a long and combative summer.