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Rendition - Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Gavin Hood

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What if someone you knew just disappeared?

Spanning two continents, Rendition tracks the lives of Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal), a CIA analyst based in North Africa who is forced to question his assignment after he witnesses the brutal and unorthodox interrogation of an Egyptian-American by secret North African police; Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), the Egyptian-American chemical engineer whose family emigrated to the States when he was a boy, and who is now suspected of a terrorist act; his pregnant wife Isabella El-Ibrahimi (Reese Witherspoon), who does everything in her power to find her missing husband, who has seemingly disappeared during a flight from Cape Town, South Africa to Washington DC by enlisting the help of a politically-connected college friend; Alan Smith (Peter Sarsgaard), an aide to Senator Hawkins (Alan Arkin), who uncovers the troubling fact that Anwar has been shipped off, on the orders of the CIA's head of terrorism; Corrinne Whitman (Meryl Streep) to a third world country for interrogation; and Abasi Fawal (Igal Naor), the head of the secret prison who has personal problems of his own with a rebellious daughter Fatima (Zineb Oukach) and her Islamic fundamentalist boyfriend Khalid (Moa Khouas).

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film action thriller Middle East Arab terrorist interrogation spy suicide bomb US CIA suspect torture

Persons of interest

  • Omar Metwally .... Anwar El-Ibrahimi
  • Reese Witherspoon .... Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
  • Aramis Knight .... Jeremy El-Ibrahimi
  • Rosie Malek-Yonan .... Nuru El-Ibrahimi
  • Jake Gyllenhaal .... Douglas Freeman
  • Moa Khouas .... Khalid
  • Zineb Oukach .... Fatima Fawal
  • Yigal Naor .... Abasi Fawal
  • Laila Mrabti .... Lina Fawal
  • David Fabrizio .... William Dixon
  • Mounir Margoum .... Rani
  • Driss Roukhe .... Bahi
  • JK Simmons .... Lee Mayer
  • Meryl Streep .... Corrine Whitman
  • Bob Gunton .... Lars Whitman
  • Nava Ziv .... Samia Fawal
  • Raymonde Amsalem .... Layla Fawal
  • Simon Abkarian .... Said Abdel Aziz
  • Wendy Phillips .... Samantha
  • Peter Sarsgaard .... Alan Smith
  • Hassam Ghancy .... Hamadi
  • Najib Oudghiri .... Omar Adnan
  • Omar Salim .... Rashid Salimi
  • Alan Arkin .... Senator Hawkins
  • Kelley Sane .... Screenwriter
  • Gavin Hood .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Rendition verges on the brutal. Physical violence, emotional violence, political violence; this film is splattered with the results thereof. If nothing else, Hollywood is certainly not supporting George Bush's war.

Meanwhile, with Rendition you have the usual suspects: innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time; overzealous bureaucrat/patriot; frightened politician; Third-World politician with no conscience; good man in a bad place; blonde-haired, blue-eyed, determined, pregnant wife.

All you need to do is keep reminding yourself that it's better to imprison 99 innocent men than to let 1 guilty man go free.

The action, thriller movie Rendition is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong torture themes and violence)

Surveillance time

122 minutes (2:02 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 February 2008

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