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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Strong torture themes and violence

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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.

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  • 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).

  • One of the best movies Reese Witherspoon has done in a long time.highly recommend watching.

  • A good movie including mistaken identity.

  • ‘Rendition’ has all the makings of a first rate thriller staring Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Peter Sarsgaard, with Alan Arkin and Meryl Streep; a top cast. Anyone interested in politics will know that the story revolves around a practice, called ‘rendition’ by American, British and other governments in the fight against the so called “war on terror”. Specifically: the apprehension and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one nation to another, in reality it was an immoral practice that abused human rights and included kidnapping and torture in its modus operandi. The Film does expose the paranoia and hypocrisy of the American regime under George W. Bush. It is slow in parts and unnecessarily complicated but it also suspenseful particularly towards its end.

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