Acting and dialog propel war time thriller

An ambitious reporter (Georgina Campbell) stationed in the Middle East is taken captive after a militant group ambushes her convoy. Convinced that the young woman is hiding her true identity, they’ll stop at nothing to extract information crucial to the success of their upcoming terrorist attack.  With time running out, she must find a way to survive and turn the tables on her assailants.

I’ve had the opportunity to interview those who been held as Prisoners of War, and some of the things their captors did to them.

It’s hard, for me, to stay professional during such talks while wincing inside and wondering “how in the world did they endure that?”

Most simply say “It was the only choice I had.”

That comes into the film Wildcat, about an ambitious reporter Khadija ‘Kat’ Young (Georgina Campbell) who is stationed in the Middle East. She is taken captive after the convoy she’s traveling with is ambushed.

Georgina is an English actress. She won the 2015 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Murdered by My Boyfriend (2014). Her other television credits include Flowers (2016), Broadchurch (2017), the Black Mirror episode “Hang the DJ” (2017), and Krypton (2018).

Viewers come to meet Kat in a concrete block prison cell, handcuffed to an old school spring mattress with a hood over her head.

There is a wounded soldier named Luke (Luke Benward).

Then come the gate keepers the bad cop, good cop.

Hamza (Maz Siam) comes in, removes her hood and with pliers tears off her thumb nail. She screams. We can feel the pain. He nonchalantly leaves, leaving her to cower, wondering what will come next.

Next Abu Khalid (Mido Hamada) enters the room. He sits beside her, grabs hold of that thumb and asks her while she’s there. She tells him she is a journalist. He pushes on the tender skin. She squeals. She sticks to her story. He puts move pressure on the thumb.

We begin to see there’s more to Kat then she is letting on. She knows Arabic and has established the identity of her captor.

When Abu leaves she’s able to talk to the soldier, who has been shot. She tells him approximately where they are and that they will be rescued. She warns him not to breakdown. As the torture increases she eventually tells she works for the state department and finally that she works for the CIA. But all the time she’s learning more about her captors.

Despite her efforts to keep Luke’s spirits up, with the untreated wound and the constant torture rendered on him — he breaks telling Abu all she has revealed to him.

Now they know what she knows. It’s not looking good.

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