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Rendition (2007)

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A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.



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After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country. An investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. Written by

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You don't get to torture without rendition. See more »


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Rated R for torture/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Détention secrète  »

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$27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£583,345 (UK) (19 October 2007)


£2,448,581 (UK) (9 November 2007)

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Based on the true story of Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen who was mistaken for Khalid al-Masri, a man rumored to have been involved with the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. El-Masri was held an a black site in Afghanistan in 2004 where he was interrogated, beaten, sexually abused, and tortured for 5 months, after which the CIA released him and admitted his capture and torture were a mistake. See more »


Muslims never ever saying Amen after "May the peace and blessings and glory of God, the Almighty, be upon you". See more »


Douglas Freeman: This is my first torture.
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Written by Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian
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What 'the greater good' is should not have to be a forced choice our leaders have to take if we each already decide correctly at the source.
29 October 2007 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

The powerhouse cast pulls the crowd in the theatre, despite the ominous title. Jake Gyllenhaal guested on Conan O'Brien to promote the movie and explained that 'Rendition' was a euphemism for obtaining information via torture. Since 9/11, 'extraordinary rendition' allowed the government's intelligence agency to extricate people unquestioningly without due process and use any means necessary in exchange for information.

Gyllenhaal plays rookie CIA analyst Douglas Freeman (note the irony) who is torn about his assignment which renders him as a mere observer to unorthodox interrogation proceedings at an underground detention facility outside the US.

Omar Metwally plays the suspected terrorist Anwar El-Ibrahimi, Egyptian national and green card-carrying hubby of American Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi (Reese Witherspoon). Isabella and her son wait for Anwar to come home from a scientific conference when he suddenly disappears from the plane's passenger manifest. She seeks help from her college friend who works in government and learns that the Head of Intelligence, Corrine Whitman (Meryl Streep) is behind it all.

Rendition is directed by Hollywood newbie Gavin Hood (who is set to do X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and begs the question of whether such 'extraordinary rendition' is exercised in real life. The movie was released locally in the wake of the Glorietta explosion (bombing/mishap?), and a pivotal scene in the movie is when a bomb explodes in a public plaza, so that must have sent chills up every moviegoer's spine. Seeing the exploding tableau with a lone red and yellow sign Aajala (Ayala?) on the upper right hand of the screen, plus the effect of silence and slow-moving images magnified the impact of the scene's real-life coincidence.

There are lessons to learn from this movie and it all boils down to personal decisions we make, daily. We all have choices we can exercise at will, and we often do not always (want to) see how these affect others, who may end up as hapless victims of circumstance. What 'the greater good' is should not have to be a forced choice our leaders have to take if we each already decide correctly at the source. Now that's a utopia worth building.

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