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A bit of a let down
Member Name: charlie1979
Advantages: Great cast
Rendition is another political film that is certain to get the tongues wagging. The film is based around kidnap and interrogation of terrorist subjects. The controversial subject of the film is what made me interested in watching it but did it open my mind to anything new, in one word, no!
CIA analyst Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) is in North Africa when a suicide bomber kills his boss and many other members of the public. The bombers target was a well known interrogator at a local prison Abis (Yigal Naor) however he was unharmed.
From this point the film follows the kidnap and detention of Egyptian born Anwar (Omar Metwally). He is a chemical engineer and lives with his wife Isabella (Reese Witherspoon) and son in Chicago. Anwar is kidnapped whilst leaving his flight home and detained in a secret prison. He is interrogated by Abis and the interrogation is overseen by Douglas.
Anwar has been linked with a terrorist gang back in North Africa and is stripped and tortured in a bid to get more information out of him. Back home Isabella is distraught as she has not been informed of what has happened to her husband and make is her mission to get to the bottom of her husbands disappearance.
Douglas is shocked at the nature of the torture as it is the first time he has witnessed anything like this. His boss Corrine Whitman (Merryl Streep) is adamant that the torture continues until they get the information out of Anwar about this terrorist group.
The film splits between the lives of Anwar's family in North Africa and his home life and torture in America. Will they get any information out of this man and is this long standing respected American citizen really linked to a terrorist gang?
I am the first to admit that I don't always pay much attention to the start of films as it takes me a while to get into them, big mistake on this film! You really do need to concentrate at the start or else you will miss some critical moments that will help you understand the rest of the film! I was lost in about twenty minutes so luckily my frend had been paying attention and filled me in!
Ok, so now I knew what was going on and who was who I started to relax into the film! The torture of Anwar is really not as brutal in the film as I thought it was going to be. Whilst the dark and dingy setting in the secret prison adds to the fear of the suspect the torture is unpleasant to watch but not unbearable. You cannot help but feel Anwars pain and innocence throughout his terrible ordeal and the small concrete cell he is kept in is enough to make any claustrophobic shiver with fear!
The plot I felt was very slow in its overall pace and I found it quite hard to follow who was who and doing what, especially with the violent terrorist group members and family in North Africa. I thought that the film jumped around a bit too much throughout the film and didn't flow very well.
The acting was good enough however I felt that Reese Witherspoon was given a very poor role in this film. I am used to seeing her in 'chick flicks' such as Legally Blonde but I do like her as an actor and felt she could have been given a more dynamic role to play in the film. All she seems to do is cry in her short scenes and the pregnant bump she has looks more like a football stuffed up her top! Surely the Hollywood props department could have done better than this comical bump!
Overall I felt that this film had all the ingredients and the plot to make it a truly stunning and memorable film but I was disappointed. I found the film very hard to follow in what was relatively a basic plot. It tries to follow the lives of too many characters and fails to focus on the main actors.
I did quite like the film and in places I really felt quite drawn into it. Unfortunately these moments were few and far between. With a great cast such as this I found the acting to be good but the film really quite boring.
Summary: An ok film that could have been great