Strip Search

Strip Search is not a new movie, it was released a couple of years ago. It’s an HBO original movie and aired a couple of nights ago on HBO here, hence the timely review.

An Arab student is arrested in the US and an American student (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is arrested in China. The Arab student is interrogated by a woman (Glenn Close) and the American by a man (Liu Tsung-Yuan) and they are both being interrogated “for crimes, some of which may not have been committed”.

The movie takes us through both interrogations and is gripping even though most of the dialogues in the interrogations are the same, except by two different sets of characters. Tsung-Yuan is brilliant as the Chinese interrogator. The methods and arguments used by the interrogators in the film are probably similar to the ones in real life and that’s what makes the movie chilling.

The movie’s an interesting look, in the post September 11 world, at what fear can make people do. Do watch it if you’re interested in this sort of stuff.


3 thoughts on “Strip Search


    If anyone has a copy of “Strip Search” the movie or knows where to find a copy of this movie, please leave the information on the Wikipedia site below.

    “Strip Search” deals with the changes that have happened to our civil liberties in the post 9/11 world. Sadly, HBO, or Time Warner, decided that both shows were too politically sensitive. “Strip Search” was shown once on HBO, all references to it were removed from any scheduling and it has never been shown again.

    Glenn Close… FBI Agent Karen Moore
    Maggie Gyllenhaal… Linda Sykes
    Bruno Lastra… Sharif Bin Said
    Dean Winters… FBI Agent Ned McGrath
    Ken Leung…. Liu Tsung-Yuan

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