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  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: MOVIE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00102F5WK
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This well acted drama is a wakeup call to the horrors of the alleged practice of "extraordinary rendition", where persons suspected of being involved in terrorist activities are apprehended and sent to another country to be interrogated (translate: tortured)

Based upon one cell phone record and an Islamic name, chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) is removed from a flight from South Africa to Washington D.C. and sent to an interrogation centre, where he is questioned, beaten and abused for proclaiming his innocence.

The movie uses flashbacks and lots of switching between characters to illustrate the chain reaction that results, and how it affects not only El-Ibrahimi, but also his wife (Reese Witherspoon), his family, an observing CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal), and even his torturer, Abasi Fawal.

In a gripping sub-plot, Fawal's daughter secretly becomes romantically involved with a young man, not knowing that his brother had perished at the hands of her father.

Chilling at times, and maddening at others, especially when Meryl Streep's character gets involved, this movie is about the suffering of the innocent as a result of the sins of a minority. Food for thought, even though it may be a bit too bitter for some tastes.

Amanda Richards
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This is an effective film in conveying its message of the immorality of the policy of Rendition that came about after 911. The film describes how the CIA sent an Egyptian national with a green card in the US to a North African nation to be tortured in order to garner information on a terrorist network. The film does not adequately explain the evidence of the phone records that got this person the attention of the CIA, and this is irrelevant to the principle conveyed by the film. The film is also effective in showing how tenuous and unreliable, in any event, information obtained through torture is, since people will admit and say anything to avoid further torture.

The concept of officially rejecting torture, yet using vassals to do it for you is hypocritical, immoral, and illegal. The film tries to show in an effective dramatic fashion the dangers of a democratic society determining it licit to covertly arrest and deport an individual without due process of law. In fairness, the film does not offer any enlightenment on how effective counter-terrorism should be done, but it nevertheless puts a human face on the violation of human rights perpetrated on not only the innocent, but even on the guilty in respect to the use of torture.

The only problem with the film, however, is in its heavy handed way of making its point. Too often it comes across as a propaganda film against rendition, and as a consequence the story is too black and white. The film would have been more balanced if it had presented a case with more evidence against the accused, to the point where the audience was not sure of the guilt or innocence of the accused, rather than portray a rendition on the flimsiest of evidence. The film wanted to present American government villains in the most black and white way.
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During the G.W. Bush years, there were several schlocky movies drawing on various aspects of the so-called 'war on terror.' This film is not one of them. *Rendition* should be required viewing for at least two groups: Canadians who couldn't be bothered to get worked up about the Maher Arar case, and Americans who support Obama's decision to 'move on' and forget about holding the Bush administration accountable for its egregious crimes. It's about what the US (along with its vassal-state allies, including Canada) is prepared to do to a lot of innocent people -- and the billions of taxpayer dollars it's prepared to spend on it -- rather than simply changing its foreign policy or, better yet, getting out of the empire business altogether. The 'war on terror' almost completely de-legitimized the United Nations, and there is no longer even a pretense of lawfulness among Western nations. Watching this film made me realize just how deeply inadequate Obama's beautiful Cairo speech (June '09) was with respect to healing the wounds perpetrated by Orientalism and Islamophobia. *Rendition* stands with *Syriana* and *The Valley of Elah* as the most valuable films about the dark years of the Bush regime.
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Un très bon film sur les abus de pouvoirs que commettent beaucoup trop souvent les pays supposément civilisés... Au nom de qui, de quoi réellement ces décisions sont-elles prises et de quel droit surtout peut on prendre de tel risque avec une personne qui pourrait être innocente...

Imaginez un homme car il a reçu un téléphone d'un homme dont il ne connait pas, peu être arrêté, torturé et détenu illégalement le tout sans aucune forme de procès, bien sûr on ne vérifie pas les preuves, après tout elles sont de l'intérieur ces preuves et donc nécessairement fiables... Ne parlons même pas de dignité humaine avec cela, dans de tel trou à rat il n'y a bien guère que ces bêtes pour y être bien...

Un film surprenant donc, intense et qui m'a plutôt embarquer... difficile de voir tout venir les aboutissants du scénario, quelques détails reste bien flou jusqu'à la finale... franchement c'est bien monté et cela rend l'aventure encore plus immersive déjà que le sujet est très accaparant c'est donc une belle réalisation !
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2.0 out of 5 stars Torture me until I say what you want me to. July 23 2016
By Todd M. - Published on
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That pretty much sums up this poor attempt to tell a story that you’ll likely not care about. The summary states “A nail-biting thriller about a man who mysteriously disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington DC and the government conspiracy put in place to cover it up” but that isn’t the movie I paid to see. Again, an IMDb of 6.8 and a Metascore of 55 deceived me into thinking this might be good. It’s not a thriller and it’s definitely not and no nails were chewed during our viewing. A good ensemble cast that the director seemed unable to make it look like they were all in the same movie. Jake poses and mopes so even he can’t help this flick. Nice little story line that could be easily delivered in much less time and the viewer is left not really caring about what happens. It’s not a bad movie if you’re looking for a torture drama and not an action thriller. Seems all the glowing reviews that get the top billing may be skewed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is One Life Worth the Cost of Thousands? Jan. 27 2009
By R. Crane - Published on
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After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, several security measures were taken to protect the United States and its citizens. Among them, Congress passed the Patriot Act which gave the US Government unprecedented powers to gather intelligence and pursue terrorists. Rendition is the horrific story of what happens when the process nets an innocent person.

The USG, whose policies oppose any form of torture in this country, sought other means to extract information. Working with other countries whose policies did not ban torture and who were willing to accept these suspected terrorists, the USG sent such suspected terrorists to them. In the process, there was no requirement for due process of law and an individual's rights. Thus, a person could just simply disappear for years and nobody would notify family, friends or legal authorities. The process is called "extraordinary rendition".

The film raises fascinating questions about an individual's rights under such circumstances, vis a vis the safety and future security of our country. Clearly, when an innocent person is caught in this web, we feel horrified, debased and ashamed. But, there are always costs, and if a few individuals are mistakenly tortured when society at large is saved from the greater threat of thousands dying, is rendition an imperfect policy or a necessary strategy to protect this country?

The disc also contains a documentary called "outlawed" which chronicles the real life stories of two men from different parts of the world who underwent such experiences.

The film is beautifully made in the United States and Morocco. Meryl Streep is terrific as the US Government official ordering rendition, as is Omar Metwally, who plays the tortured individual. However, Reese Witherspoon, normally an excellent actress, as the missing man's wife seems to equate being a zombie with acting, giving a very disappointing performance. Jake Gyllenhaal is equally unimpressive as the US Government official assigned to represent the USG during the torture process. The film succeeds despite these two lackluster performances, and is a thriller well worth watching.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a "chick flick" (because so many I rate are!) June 27 2016
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If you are naive enough to believe the U.S. doesn't torture (I think we've all dropped that illusion by now) this film, based on a true story, will enlighten you. Suspenseful.
3.0 out of 5 stars seemed like Jake was sleep walking through the movie--maybe Reese was ... June 21 2016
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Interesting plot since I didn't know anything about Rendition. However, seemed like Jake was sleep walking through the movie--maybe Reese was paid more than he was? Fat chance!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A film that did very little with a lot of (potential) material. Dec 7 2008
By Georg Einarsson - Published on
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"Rendition" sheds light on the outrageous policy of extraordinary rendition, a policy that allows the U.S. government to detain persons of interest with no formal warrant or explanation. The plot of the film has been well-explained by other reviewers, so I won't go into that. This film had so much potential to bring forth new, compelling information about rendition, but failed to do so. Instead, it succombed to typical Hollywood theatrics. I suppose it's still worth a viewing, though, if you want to learn the basics of this outrageous policy.

What's much more worthy of attention is the documentary "Outlawed", which is featured in the special features on this disc. "Outlawed" tells the story of a German man who was captured and detained for nearly 5 years. In those five years, he was transported between several "underground" prisons in several different locations around the world. The documentary is a long interview with the man recalling his nightmare experience. It is truly riveting. I wept openly when first I saw it.

All in all, the film is a disappointment, but, as I've mentioned, the documentary included in the special features is superb.