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  • Summary: When an Egyptian-born chemical engineer disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington, his American wife desperately tries to track him down. Meanwhile, a CIA analyst at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to theWhen an Egyptian-born chemical engineer disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington, his American wife desperately tries to track him down. Meanwhile, a CIA analyst at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man's unorthodox interrogation. (New Line Cinema) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 100
    Rendition is valuable and rare. As I wrote from Toronto: "It is a movie about the theory and practice of two things: torture and personal responsibility. And it is wise about what is right, and what is wrong."
  2. A rarity – a political film that delivers its timely message with a cinematic punch and no undue speechifying.
  3. The movie Rendition asks, admittedly in a one-sided way, whether the ends justify these means.
  4. 50
    If these new, allegedly topical movies are to make us feel anything -- to move us toward any action or even just toward any fresh realization -- they need to at least seem alive on the screen, instead of just courting our polite, measured applause.
  5. 50
    None of the actors is able to do much with their characters, because they are all playing game pieces on a schematic board. Rendition has passion to spare, but it is saddled with a story designed exclusively to drive home the filmmakers' message.
  6. 50
    The film's disappointingly black-and-white approach robs characters and situations of badly needed ambiguity.
  7. 42
    Overheated claptrap that takes an issue of vital national importance and turns it into an inept cartoon that emboldens the worst instincts in our national character.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
  1. JimS.
    Sep 21, 2008
    10
    Nothing wrong with it... did what it wanted to do adequately, and it was a good point making exercise. Would like to know their sources for the plot.
  2. JohnD.
    Oct 23, 2007
    10
    Great movie.
  3. SamS.
    May 4, 2008
    9
    I can only think most of the reviewers saw a different film. Not much that is hard to believe - Washington cynicism, flagrantly illegal I can only think most of the reviewers saw a different film. Not much that is hard to believe - Washington cynicism, flagrantly illegal detention, torture, - does the ends justify the means? This stuff happens only worse insofar as these detentions are for months not the week depicted in the movie. Brutal thought it was it did display both sides of the debate, but ultimately the corrupting and corrosive nature of excessive power are unmistakable. The movie is well acted, atmospheric,and tense. One might argue there is a twist that is unnecessarily clever, but it does increase the tension. Reese Witherspoon is the least convincing element, somewhat unidimensional, but the movie has a lot to get through. This is a movie about a complex problem, which it necessarily oversimplifies, but still a topic that shames every American. A good movie. Expand
  4. NatB
    Oct 16, 2007
    8
    This movie makes up for its holes with great acting and an interesting directing style.
  5. FGB
    Feb 24, 2008
    7
    Its not a classic but bring a great subject to the foreground.
  6. kieron
    Oct 28, 2007
    6
    Never really got going...given the subject matter could have been so much better
  7. [Anonymous]
    Oct 22, 2007
    0
    This is a disappointment to say the least...its odd propaganda that seems sort of puzzling at what they were thinking by this.

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