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Rendition (2007)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Douglas Freeman
Reese Witherspoon ... Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
Meryl Streep ... Corrine Whitman
Alan Arkin ... Senator Hawkins
Peter Sarsgaard ... Alan Smith
Omar Metwally ... Anwar El-Ibrahimi
Igal Naor ... Abasi Fawal
Hadar Ratzon Rotem ... Safiya (as Hadar Ratzon)
J.K. Simmons ... Lee Mayer
Simon Abkarian ... Said Abdel Aziz
Moa Khouas Moa Khouas ... Khalid El-Emin
Zineb Oukach Zineb Oukach ... Fatima Fawal
Aramis Knight ... Jeremy El-Ibrahimi
Rosie Malek-Yonan ... Nuru El-Ibrahimi
Laila Mrabti Laila Mrabti ... Lina Fawal
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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 C.I.A. 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, 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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Official Sites:

Warner Bros. [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Détention secrète See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$9,736,045, 15 November 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,038,732
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Color (DeLuxe)

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2.35 : 1
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The movie never confirms whether the renditioned individual is innocent, or wrongly accused, or a terrorist, or correctly discovered as one. One theory the filmmakers suggested is that he was not a terrorist, but was set up by a terrorist cell who put his information on a cell phone that they knew would be discovered by the C.I.A. and lead them to the wrong guy while they got away scott-free. See more »

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In the beginning when Anwar is in Cape Town, South Africa, according to the shadows cast by the men in Anwar's party, it's about 1 pm. He makes a call to Isabella in Chicago, United States when he apologizes for not calling her earlier. Cape Town is 8 hours ahead of Chicago, it would have been pitch dark in Chicago at that time but Isabella is outside in the midday sun playing soccer with Jeremy. See more »

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Douglas Freeman: [Sending him home] Don't talk to anyone.
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Rendition
14 November 2007 | by JuliaGulia967264See all my reviews

"I fear you speak upon the rack, where men enforced do speak anything." This Shakespearean line from The Merchant of Venice is echoed again in the new film Rendition which introduces the viewer to the "enhanced methods of interrogation", renditions, which began in the Clinton Administration and have become more commonplace since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

The film features an all-star cast, with Oscar winners Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, and Reese Witherspoon, as well as Peter Sarsgaard, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Omar Metwally. Supporting roles filled by unfamiliar actors deliver as well, sucking the audience into the plot, and showing how many people can be affected by overseas terror attacks, and our means of investigating them.

Rendition follows an Egyptian born terrorism suspect (Metwally) who is taken by U.S. officials following his flight from South Africa to Washington DC to an undisclosed prison overseas. His pregnant wife (Witherspoon) ventures to Washington DC to find out about his disappearance through a family friend and Senator's employee (Sarsgaard). Gyllenhaal plays a young CIA analyst at the overseas detention facility who monitors the violent interrogation.

This film follows the emotional plights of the torture victim (Metwally), and those involved in obtaining the supposed information from him. Some, like the CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal), are visibly shaken and horrified by the methods exercised, while others, the stern Senator (Streep) and foreign interrogator (Yigal Naor), see it as necessary and effective.

The film may be described by some as a political piece, but is ultimately an emotional one. Metwally's performance as the tortured prisoner is Oscar-worthy. The film does not intend to preach, but rather to question and inform the audience on a topic that does not often have a human face put on it. Renditions have been known to work, but have also been known to produce false information from innocent prisoners. The film simply depicts the emotional struggles of those involved in such grave business, and does so in a way that will affect every viewer differently. The film will keep your interest, and have you engaged in each of the character's plights.


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