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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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Gavin Hood

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Kelley Sane
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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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Storyline

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

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Drama | Thriller

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the true story of Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen who was mistaken for Khalid al-Masri, rumored to have been involved with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In 2004, El-Masri was arrested and transferred to a "black" site in Afghanistan where he was interrogated, beaten, sexually abused, and tortured for five months before the C.I.A. released him, admitting that his capture and torture were a mistake. See more »

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In the initial interrogation where Anwar is being questioned by Lee Mayer, the right side of Anwar's shirt collar shifts from being on top of the lapel of his sport coat to underneath it, and back, several times. See more »

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Corrine Whitman: I need a jackal, not an analyst.
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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 jemps918See 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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