Rendition

Rendition
Rendition
  • R
  • 2h 2m
  • 2007
Rotten47%
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What if someone you knew just ... "disappeared"? Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin star a harrowing thriller--a story that could happen to anyone today--a tale of Rendition. When an Egyptian engineer "disappears" on a flight from Africa to Washington, D.C., his American wife (Academy Award winner Witherspoon--Walk the Line) and a CIA analyst (Academy Award nominee Gyllenhaal--Brokeback Mountain) who witnesses his torture find their ordered worlds spinning out of control and themselves caught in a struggle to secure his release from a secret detention facility somewhere in the Middle East.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten47%
Critics Consensus: The impressive cast cannot rescue Rendition, which explores complex issues in woefully simplified terms.
Reviews
Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg
Fresh

March 3, 2019
Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Time Out
David Fear
Rotten

March 3, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Rotten

I don't fault Rendition for its liberal politics. I fault it for hammering home those politics in...

March 3, 2019
Salon.com
Stephanie Zacharek
Rotten

If these new, allegedly topical movies are to make us feel anything -- to move us toward any actio...

March 3, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Over-simplified drama takes hard look at torture.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this heavy drama isn't for kids, even though it stars tween/teen favorites Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal. Not only does it deal with the many complicated political and cultural issues surrounding torture, but the dialogue -- which is focused on policy and intrigue -- will likely bore younger viewers. There's also plenty of violence, including explosions, shooting, and, yes, torture (there are difficult images of the victim's pain and the aggressor's visceral calculations). The torture victim appears naked in a small, dank cell, mostly in shadow. Other scenes show upset victims and negotiators; particularly wrenching is a young wife's anguished pleading that a CIA officer answer questions about her missing husband. Language includes some uses of "f--k" and other minor profanity.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:October 19, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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