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Rendition

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Meryl Streep, Rendition
Sam Emerson

Rendition

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
122 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/19/07
performer:
Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, Meryl Streep
director:
Gavin Hood
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
69710
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

In hot-button torture thriller Rendition, an icy Bush Administration surrogate (Meryl Streep) transfers a suspected terrorist (Omar Metwally) to a skeptical CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Africa for ”enhanced interrogation.” Reese Witherspoon is the suspect’s American wife, stymied in her quest for answers by the unassailable cause of ”national security.” EXTRAS Director Gavin Hood is diplomatic in his commentary, pleading for honest debate on the equal need for safety and freedom. But his film is more for folks like Streep, who, in a doc, says she ”sits at home and yells at the TV news.” B-

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