Rendition

What if someone you love... just disappeared?


Rendition
Rendition is the CIA's practice of whisking suspects via airplane to compliant countries overseas, where the suspect is interrogated without the niceties of the American judicial system on his side. Things get bloody. This film takes a look at the issue, via three storylines. The core plot revolves around a Moslem American, tenuously linked to a real terrorist. The CIA arrest him and whip him off to north Africa, for question time. His pregnant wife back home does her nut trying to find out what happened, while the CIA denies knowledge and deals with internal politics over the issue. Meanwhile a young Moslem girl is involved in a non-approved love affair, which may lead to a catalytic event. Reviews have been mixed.

119 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence).
Drama, Thriller.
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Credits

Cast
Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep, J.K. Simmons, Omar Metwally
Director
Gavin Hood
ScreenplayKelley Sane
MusicPaul Hepker, Mark Kilian
CinematographyDion Beebe
EditingMegan Gill
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byAnonymous Content, Dune Films, Level 1 Entertainment, MID Foundation, New Line Cinema

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, thriller
LanguageMild to strong, fairly frequent
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolencePsychological and physical violence, mildly bloody, not graphic
PrejudiceReligious prejudice, infrequent, in context
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
2
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Zane Henry quote iconLet's hope his next film has claws.
5
Die Burger
Jeanne Hugo quote iconElegante dog effens oppervlakkige drama.
10
Cape Times
Carina Chocano quote iconEveryone has a chance to shine in star-filled drama.
10
The Citizen
Natalie Bosman quote iconThis is a film that will get you thinking, a rarity in itself, which makes it worth watching.
14
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconA film of high quality that deserves to be widely seen.
10
24.com
Megan Kakora quote iconIn the end, Rendition is a moving film that is sure to shake up dinner table debates and force you examine which North your moral compass points to.
15
BBC
Jamie Russell quote iconGiven the controversial nature of the subject it deals with, Rendition is a surprisingly bland issue movie.
5
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconIt is a movie about the theory and practice of two things: torture and personal responsibility. And it is wise about what is right, and what is wrong.
20
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman quote iconThe script pays lip service to its subjects' ambiguities, but takes pains to point out who's good (Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon as the abductee's American wife), bad (terrorists) and ugly (Meryl Streep, doing a Dirty South variation on her Manchurian Candidate role).
5
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconMuch as I might like to, I cannot heap praise upon director Gavin Hood's Rendition, a political thriller with aspirations of being so much more that it is.
10
ScreenIt
quote iconDecent but not great
10
Metacritic.com
34 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
134 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconExplores complex issues in woefully simplified terms.
9

What the People say

Internet
2662 Netizens quote iconPerhaps the most important film of the year
13

Average .. 53%

11




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