Rendition 2008

Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Sarsgaard, with Alan Arkin and Meryl Streep head an all-star ensemble cast in "Rendition", a compelling thriller from Academy Award-winning director Gavin Hood ("Tsotsi"). Witherspoon plays Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the …
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Sarsgaard, with Alan Arkin and Meryl Streep head an all-star ensemble cast in "Rendition", a compelling thriller from Academy Award-winning director Gavin Hood ("Tsotsi"). Witherspoon plays Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the American wife of Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. Isabella desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man's unorthodox interrogation.

MA15+
Strong torture themes and violence

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122mins

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  • This film was deeply disturbing because it delved into the " not spoken about" dark side of the American war on terrorism. Doubtless there were inaccuracies and the plot was a little thin at times but maybe this part reflected the truth of some of those in captivity. Worth a look.

  • Very interesting film.

  • Great movie to make us think.

  • good movie and yes, arabic subtitles were annoying. Wouldn't it be a great deterrant if our Banksters and some of our Politians faced the same torture for the grief they have caused to innocent citizens of the world

  • This is a good movie about an important issue, and for once, Hollywood disposes with flag-waving and shows the dark side of America's 'war on terror'. There were some inaccuracies in the portrayal of Muslim life, and the storyline was unnecessarily complicated by a non-linear structure that was not evident until late in the movie, but overall an excellent political thriller (although the sub-titles for the parts in Arabic were annoyingly bizarre).

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