Rendition

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New Line Cinema Released 2007

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Director:
Gavin Hood
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

Rendition is a 2007 drama directed by Gavin Hood. Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a CIA analyst. He knows that his line of work is dangerous, but the reality strikes close to home when Freeman witnesses a brutal suicide attack. Although 18 people die in the attack, the target, Abasi Fawal (Yigal Naor), manages to survive. Fawal is an important police official, and his attempted murder puts everyone on edge. Freeman's boss, Corrine Whitman (Meryl Streep), begins an unrelenting quest to track down the mind behind the suicide attack. Dozens of clues point to Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), a chemical engineer who was born in Egypt but now lives in Chicago. When Anwar is brought in for questioning and eventually torture, Freeman reluctantly accepts the responsibility of overseeing the interrogation. Although Fawal and Whitman are still suspicious, Freeman cannot shake his feelings that Anwar is actually innocent. When he learns more about the chemical engineer's life, including his pregnant wife (Reese Witherspoon), Freeman has to make an important decision about justice and mercy.

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  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Rendition offers few surprises, and it tips its hand too soon and too predictably to do much more than goose your weary outrage.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    A well-meaning, honorable movie. Which is not to say that it is a very good one.

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    By underplaying the melodrama in the presumed hope of seeming subtle when Kelley Sane's script is so baldly melodramatic, the "Tsotsi" helmer drains the life out of an obviously ex...

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Corrine Whitman

Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin

Senator Hawkins

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon

Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi

Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard

Alan Smith

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

Douglas Freeman

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