Rendition

Rendition

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Director: Gavin Hood

Cast: Gavin Hood, Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin

     
 

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The director of the Academy Award-winning 2006 crime drama Tsotsi returns to the helm with this tale of a Middle East CIA operative who begins to have doubts about his latest assignment after witnessing the interrogation of a suspected suicide bomber by secret police. When Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (OmarSee more details below

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The director of the Academy Award-winning 2006 crime drama Tsotsi returns to the helm with this tale of a Middle East CIA operative who begins to have doubts about his latest assignment after witnessing the interrogation of a suspected suicide bomber by secret police. When Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) mysteriously vanishes on a routine flight from South Africa to Washington, his wife, Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), embarks on a frantic international search for her missing husband. At the same time, a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives at a clandestine detention facility outside of United States. As the interrogation of El-Ibrahimi gets under way, the CIA analyst is profoundly shaken by the unorthodox methods used by the man's captors, and quickly begins to reevaluate his assignment. Peter Sarsgaard, Meryl Streep, and Alan Arkin co-star in this topical political thriller penned by Kelley Sane and produced by Steve Golin.

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Editorial Reviews

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In the fall of 2007, while famously shunning movies about the Middle East and the war on terror, American audiences missed at least one really bracing and original work. Gavin Hood's Rendition may bear a surface resemblance to the home-and-abroad political wranglings of Syriana, but it's actually a better companion piece to Taxi to the Dark Side, shedding light on tactics that came to dominate political debate on the definition of torture. But Hood's structurally tantalizing film is more than just a scolding case study of a possible enemy combatant (Omar Metwally) who gets imprisoned without due process. At least as interesting is the crusade for information by his exceedingly pregnant wife, Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), as she negotiates the slippery political infrastructure of Washington, including a senatorial aide and former boyfriend (Peter Sarsgaard) who weighs Isabella's righteous cause against his own career prospects. The moral shades of gray of the Washington figures (who include Alan Arkin and Meryl Streep) are echoed in their Middle Eastern counterparts, who see justice and righteousness through their own prism. Political dramas with multiple storylines often stumble over their own ambitions, but Kelley Sane's script stays upright. She maintains focus on a handful of central characters as well as a plot that's ultimately simple, despite some brilliant narrative surprises it would be a shame to spoil. Films like these rely on the storylines meshing in a cathartic way, and Rendition hits a home run in that respect. Among a host of strong performances, Jake Gyllenhaal stands out for his rattled intelligence agent walking through a ghost of an existence. Rendition may be a more conventional piece of filmmaking than Tsotsi, Hood's striking 2005 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film, but it confirms Hood's status as an exceptionally talented craftsman -- one who deserved a theatrical audience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2011
UPC:
0065935844143
Original Release:
2007
Source:
Ais

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal Douglas Freeman
Reese Witherspoon Isabella El-Ibrahimi
Alan Arkin Senator Hawkins
Peter Sarsgaard Alan Smith
Omar Metwally Anwar El-Ibrahimi
Yigal Naor Abasi Fawal
Moa Khouas Khalid
Zineb Oukach Fatima
Meryl Streep Corrinne Whitman
Igal Naor Actor

Technical Credits
Gavin Hood Director
Dion Beebe Cinematographer
Kate Dowd Casting
Kathleen Driscoll-Mohler Casting
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Megan Gill Editor
Keith Goldberg Executive Producer
Steve Golin Producer
Paul Hepker Score Composer
David Kanter Executive Producer
Mark Kilian Score Composer
Francine Maisler Casting
Mark Martin Co-producer
Edward Milstein Executive Producer
Keith Redman Executive Producer
Barry Robison Production Designer
Kelley Sane Screenwriter
Paul Schwake Executive Producer
Michael Sugar Executive Producer
Bill Todman Executive Producer
Marcus Viscidi Producer
Michael Wilkinson Costumes/Costume Designer

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