Overall Rank: 7038
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 74
Theatrical Release Date: 10/19/2007
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/19/2008
Genre: Thriller, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Gavin Hood
Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, Omar Metwally, Yigal Naor
Plot: A CIA analyst witnesses an unlawful interrogation of a prisoner in a secret location outside the United States. He now questions his position in the government.
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Rod - wrote on 05/06/2012
A man caught by CIA believing he is connected to a terrorist. Three people surround this case, a CIA officer who keeps him on torture, an American CIA operative who observes his interrogation, and his wife who works so hard to find where he is. *** I haven't seen the trailer of this film before actually watching it. I just grabbed a DVD copy of it because of Meryl Streep's name printed on cover. And I was pleasantly surprised that this movie was really good. I like the over-all visual of the film which did not bore me at all. Obviously, what the audience would complain about this movie is the incomplete story, I mean, it appeared that nothing was really resolved except the Khalil and Fatima part. But still, a good watch.
tecnoandre - wrote on 01/07/2012
Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally. It centers on the controversial CIA practice of extraordinary rendition, and is based on the true story of Khalid El-Masri who was mistaken for Khalid al-Masri. The movie also has similarities to the case of Maher Arar.Well made and intense political thriller.Good.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/16/2009
The acting was great, but I was never able to be drawn in by the story, as hard as it tried. I don't know if it was the characters or the pacing, but something kept me from making any great connection. Still, it's worth a watch.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 07/08/2011
A film I have seen by reading the details on the back of the DVD. I was in for a big surprise. Not only does this have a stellar cast consisting of Meryl Streep (Corrine Whitman), Alan Arkin (Senator Hawkins), Jake Gyllenhall (Douglas Freeman) and Reese Witherspoon (Isabella), but it also has another story within the picture. Omar Metwally as Anwar El-Ibrahimi, was the focus of the film. He did a great job of portraying an innocent Chemical Enginner who was wrongfully accused by the CIA of being linked to a violent organization. The other story is the reason for the bomb explosion/suicide attack at a town in North Africa.
I felt this could have been improved if they were more informative of the locations, time, date and the rest of the details just to prevent any confusion of the …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 04/19/2008
It's really too bad it bombed at the box office. Although imperfect due to its many uneven parts, it still has something to say about certain new policies that the United States have had since September 11, 2001. What I did not like most about this film is its all too predictable dabble with time. I thought that was a bit forced, unnecessary and distracting because it makes the audience think of the past hour and a half rather than focus on what is happening or what is going to happen. If one is not into the accuracy of politics presented in this film, there are many fascinating performances here. Jake Gyllenhaal barely said a word, but when he did, he uttered them with so much power and finesse. I think he flourishes when he plays silent characters with dark sides to them. I hope he …
patjohnson76 - wrote on 03/30/2008
This movie has good intentions and wants to deliver home a message - unfortunately it works too hard and tries to weave too many stories into one. There's the main story of the mistaken terrorist going through rendtion, the story of how his wife deals with it at home, the political angle complete with senators, and then the story of what really happened. All stories mean the actors walk around with very serious faces saying very serious dialogue while walking very...seriously. Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin, and Stellen Saarsgard are criminally underused in the political angle, which could have made a good movie on its own. I thought it was pretty funny that Reese Witherspoon's character, who's 9 months pregnant, is walking around in high heels like it's no problem at all. The movie's …
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