This new peek into Camp X-Ray focuses more on Pvt. Amy Cole’s (Stewart) grueling training within the army and the ambition she had of “doing something important” before landing at her new assignment. The rave reviews Stewart’s received so far are highlighted, as are those of her co-star Peyman Maadi, who plays Ali Amir, the suicidal detainee (they can’t say “prisoner”, since prisoners are subject to the Geneva Conventions) with whom Amy forges an unexpectedly complex relationship.
Since the end of Twilight, Stewart has returned to her indie roots for the next chapter of her career. That seems like a good move for her, since her best notices were always in smaller-budget fare like The Runaways and Adventureland, and surely she has the bank account to be choosy with her projects. In Camp X-Ray, she looks antsy and grim, trapped in an aggressive, male-dominated environment and a Kafkaesque bureaucracy that’s lost sight of justice.