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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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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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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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Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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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 »

Quotes

Douglas Freeman: In all the years you've been doing this, how often can you say that we've produced truly legitimate intelligence? Once? Twice? Ten times? Give me a statistic; give me a number. Give me a pie chart, I love pie charts. Anything, anything that outweighs the fact that if you torture one person you create ten, a hundred, a thousand new enemies.
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Camel Jam
Written by Paul Hepker and Mark Kilian
Performed by Paw?Lee & Sparks featuring Pedro Eustache
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Not complex enough to justify the theme
22 January 2008 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Rendition fails to really nail the issue - it chooses instead to show its colours too distinctly.

And what we get instead is a decent political thriller, but one that is difficult to assess in terms of its attempted aim - after all, here we are dealing with what must be one of the emotive issues known to man - can torture ever be justified? Is the utilitarian rule of the possible gains worth the literal breaking of a possibly innocent man? Is he a terrorist, isn't he a terrorist?

This is a very important topic, and a very complex one, that is treated as though it were a film about lobbying on the one hand, showing Washington and the Beltway as a ground for piranhas to make or break their careers, and on the other, in Egypt, a battle for the sanity of all involved there.

Yes, it makes a good thriller; but, and it's a big but, it lacks the true depth of thought, rather than action, that will address the issue, rather than (God forbid) entertain an audience.

Excellent performances from all involved - really. Good steady hand at the helm - but what it lacks is complexity - it seems complex initially but unravels the further down the rabbit warren we go.

I came away uneasy, but not as uneasy as I should have, and non-plussed by the sleight of hand tricks that should have revealed real ambivalence, real moral dilemma, real grey areas, whereras instead I was left with black and white.

Not the film it wants to be, it is a good political thriller, but it is not as effective a piece of cinema as it could have been.


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