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  • Actors: Omar Metwally, Reese Witherspoon, Aramis Knight, Rosie Malek-Yonan, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Directors: Gavin Hood
  • Producers: Steve Golin, David Kanter, Keith Redmon, Michael Sugar, Marcus Viscidi
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YQAMZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,836 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tense political thriller spanning two continents. Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal), a CIA analyst working in North Africa, starts to question his assignment when he witnesses the brutal interrogation of an Egyptian-American by secret North African police. When Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwalley), an Egyptian-American chemical engineer whose family emigrated to the United States when he was a boy, is suspected of a terrorist act, his pregnant wife, Isabella El-Ibrahimi (Reese Witherspoon), does everything she can to find him when he seemingly disappears during a flight from South Africa to Washington, D.C. She enlists the help of an old college friend, Alan Smith (Peter Sarsgaard), an aide to Senator Hawkins (Alan Arkin), who uncovers the shocking fact that Anwar has been shipped off to a third-world country for interrogation on the orders of Corrine Whitman (Meryl Streep), the CIA's head of the anti-terrorism unit. Isabella and Douglas team up to try to secure Anwar's release from a secret detention facility somewhere in the Middle East.

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A politically-charged, compelling drama, Rendition sees director Gavin Hood follow up the extraordinary, Oscar-winning Tsotsi with another challenging, quality piece of cinema. This time, his attention focuses on the story of a man who is kidnapped, and shipped off to be imprisoned abroad. The reason? Suspected terrorism. And his wife has no idea where he is and what's happened.

In lesser hands, Rendition could have really struggled to make its mark, but Hood very much knows what he's doing, and his film is excellent, right up to--and including--its final reel. His cast help him immensely, with Alan Arkin and Meryl Streep offering terrific support to the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Rendition does have some problems. Its pace sometimes wavers a little, some of the roles are slighter than you'd like, and sometimes the American-based elements pull the film back. But these are minor gripes that seem unfair to level at an ambitious drama, that is fearless about addressing issues of morality. Tightly woven on the whole, and sticking in your head long after the end credits have rolled, Rendition is intelligent film-making, that pulls very few punches. Those after an action feast are clearly advised to head in the other direction; those looking for a film to engage the brain are very much welcome, and set to be richly rewarded. --Jon Foster --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Good performances - particularly strong from those beneath the line playing the North African characters. Don't expect lots of action but it does leave you thinking - not so much about the practice of rendition itself but about the cycle of violence that we all are caught up in - and probably always have been long before 9/11. A really interesting script and the final twist really worked for me. Totally gripping in a non-Bourne way.
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I'm glad that this film was made. The issue covered in this film needs to be made public as many people don't know about `rendition' and the ramifications of this government rule.

The torture scenes are indescribably horrific but I suppose they needed to make the film as graphically `real' as possible. What I found most disturbing is that the incident that happened in the film has probably happened to countless people. The only part of the film which I found unbelievable was the ending; I sincerely doubt that there is a `light at the end of the tunnel' in reality.

The film was well-casted and the acting was so powerful, I needed to remind myself that I was watching a film and not a documentary.
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After a terrorist bombing accidentally kills an American "Jackal" (CIA type hit man) in a (fictional) foreign "Arab" country, a botched investigation based on Echelon type mobile phone data tracking leads to a green card Egyptian. A person who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to a beautiful pregnant, with second child, American (Reese Witherspoon). The unfortunate Egyptian guy is apprehended when he is on his way home, flight-side, at the US airport where Reese is waiting for him at Arrivals. The US Regime then secretly "disappears him" ("Rendition") to the country where the incident had occurred, through the illegal CIA "extraordinary kidnap rendition program" for some Abu Ghraib style "enhanced interrogation", which means torture to normal people. A sensitive, educated, pen-pusher type American CIA operative observes the "enhanced interrogation" (instead of the dead Jackal thug who would normally do it) and is unsure whether to keep it going or try to stop it. He was sitting in the car next to the dead Jackal who was accidentally killed by shrapnel and he was thus covered in Jackal blood, so he was understandably a bit irritated by the event. In the meantime, Reese Witherspoon tries to find her suddenly, inexplicably, missing husband, despite being heavily pregnant and about to pop, but the cold and nasty person behind the Rendition, (scary Meryl Streep) refuses to help or give her any information. You may need to watch the movie twice to get all the twists in the plot. This movie is based on several real cases of kidnapped and tortured innocent people and some of the illegal kidnap flights carrying these victims of US "justice" have reportedly been through EU and UK airspace.Read more ›
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Gavin Hood's film follows on a spate of releases that cast different perspectives on the War on Terrorism. In the Left corner we have Michael Winterbottom's "The Road to Guantanamo," which pulls no punches in its attack on American policies of internment but follows a dubious bunch of people indeed to make its points. In the Right corner we have "Flight 93" and "World Trade Center," which recreate the events of 11th September 2001 (weapon and target, respectively). These two films dramatise the attacks in New York city but obviously ask no questions about what followed.

"Rendition" is a fine attempt at a middle ground between the liberals' criticism of violent American internment policies and the conservatives' feelings of fear that militant Islamic extremists will likewise use violence whenever they can. On balance, it comes down more on the side of scepticism where internment is concerned. We are shown that tortured people (Omar Metwally's character) will say anything to escape, and the implication here is that the effectiveness of torture is questionable. However, we also hear (from Meryl Streep's character) that the extraction of information in this way has saved thousands of lives in London. So there you have it: the two different perspectives in conflict. Clearly it's hard to pin down right and wrong in absolute terms, and the film is certainly food for thought for anyone who has already come out in one corner or the other. The film's a definite improvement on the aforementioned efforts of 2006, though we can certainly hope for perspectives to balance still further.
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A terrorist bombing leads the CIA to suspect Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) may have something to do with the plot. He is picked up and flown out of the USA and is tortured for information. CIA agent Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) witnesses the torture and is torn between the unspeakable horrors being forced upon El-Ibrahimi and has to make some career changing decisions as to help El-Ibrahimi or roll with the program.

Meanwhile El-Ibrahimi's wife Isabella (Reese Witherspoon) is fighting to find out where the government have taken her husband and what is happening to him, but she is stone walled.

Superb performances from all main and supporting actors. At the current price of 3GBP it is a bit cheaper than most rental places. Very good VFM
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