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Extraordinary Rendition (2007)

A man is abducted from the streets of London and transported via secret flights to an unknown country. Held in solitary confinement and cut off from the outside world, he is plunged into a ... See full summary »


Jim Threapleton


Jim Threapleton
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Berdouni ... Zaafir
Andy Serkis ... Maro, Interrogator
Ania Sowinski ... Ewa
Jimmy Yuill ... University Dean
Hugh Ross ... Solicitor
Noof Ousellam ... Hassan (as Naoufal Ousellam)
Valeria Sachi Valeria Sachi ... Valeria
Ham Zanoun Ham Zanoun ... Zaafir's Father
Zamira Wicking Zamira Wicking ... Zaafir's Mother
Roddy McDevitt Roddy McDevitt ... Dan
Laurentiu Possa ... Octavian
Goran Kostic ... Radovan
Nick Bartlett ... Sergei Ilic (as Nick Barlett)
Aleksandar Mikic Aleksandar Mikic ... Ante (as Aleks Mikic)
Munir Khairdin ... Munir, Interrogator's Colleague


A man is abducted from the streets of London and transported via secret flights to an unknown country. Held in solitary confinement and cut off from the outside world, he is plunged into a lawless nightmare of detention without trial, interrogation and torture. Returned without explanation to the UK many months later, he is left to pick up the pieces of a shattered life in a world he no longer recognises. Written by Anonymous

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Extraordinary rendition and irregular rendition are terms used to describe the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one state to another. "Torture by proxy" is used by some critics to describe situations in which the United States, the UK and others, has transferred suspected terrorists to countries known to practice torture. See more »


Zafir historical dates recollection includes 'fall of Constantinople 1441 a. d'. Actual date is 1453 a.d. See more »


References Nine Hours to Rama (1963) See more »


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Challenging Stuff
4 May 2008 | by ed_two_o_nineSee all my reviews

This is a very good film that deals with an extremely challenging issue in a though provoking and humane way. This movie from first time director Jim Threapleton (I knew I recognised the name, him being the ex partner of Kate Winslett) is not easy viewing as it is not meant to be. The film is the story of Zaafir (an excellent Omar Berdouni) a university lecturer who deals with contentious issues such as democracy coming out of periods of violence and is also involved in programmes that promote learning in the Islamic world. Zaafir is suddenly taken of the streets by unnamed US and British agents and then transferred to an unnamed county to be questioned / tortured all in the name of justice. The torturer in chief is never named as they would not be but is played excellently by Andy Serkiss with the right amount of evil and malice mixed with the compassion he needs to draw information. The torture sequences are rightly hard to watch and you begin to see how confessions gained in such conditions truly are worthless. The film is well directed and the editing serves the story well switching from before the kidnapping tgo after the kidnapping to show how the events not only affect Zaafir bit all those close to him especially his partner. Indeed some of the scenes between them the dialogue is intentionally very low in the mix as the raw emotions of the torture play out. Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

August 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Különleges kiadatás See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Ultrafilm See more »
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2.35 : 1
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