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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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Nuru El-Ibrahimi
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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

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$27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,060,012, 21 October 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,736,045, 15 November 2007
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin and J.K. Simmons; and one Oscar nominee: Jake Gyllenhaal. See more »

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When Khalid and Fatima are preparing for a protest, an organizer gives instructions via a PA system. Shortly into the speech, he holds the microphone near his waist, yet the timbre and volume of the sound are the same as when speaking into it. See more »

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Abasi Fawal: We have a saying, "Beat your woman every morning. If you don't know why, she does."
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Written and Performed by Alpha Yaya Diallo
Courtesy of Jericho Beach Music
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A Solid Movie with a Powerful Ending
20 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Most of this political thriller presented as a mostly run of the mill movie with a somewhat better development of many of the major characters, that was much appreciated, until the BIG twist and powerful climax that recalled twists experienced in "Silence of the Lambs," or "The Sixth Sense." Reese Witherspoon as the distraught wife of the missing Egyptian husband and Yigal Naor as the strong-armed interrogator offer strong performances. Jake Gyllenhaal unfortunately is handed a more two-dimensional character and has to struggled with a stereotypical presentation of the emotionally torn CIA analyst that has been presented many times before in other movies. Early on there is the nice scene with an explosion that resembles a scene at the end of "Saving Private Ryan," the silent scene that was used so effectively in reflecting one consequence of violence. The script also provides a little more glimpse into the mind-set of the "enemy" but still doesn't allow the audience really much understanding, again permitting the audience to wallow in stereotypical characterization. The cinematography and photography also is somewhat of a letdown because unlike "Jarhead," or "Blackhawk Down," the crisp, raw visceral presentation is missing not allowing the audience to really be there in the movie, there is some distance that keeps the audience from realizing the intensity of the emotions occurring on the screen. However, overall, the movie redeems itself by the end, offering the audience a measured look into the complexity of the United States' use of rendition and the possible complications and consequences that may occur through its use. Eight out of Ten Stars.


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