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Isabella El-Ibrahimi does everything in her power to find her missing husband, an Egyptian-American chemical engineer, who has seemingly disappeared during a flight from Cape Town, South Africa to Washington D.C., by enlisting the help of a politically-connected college friend. He uncovers that Anwar has been shipped off to a third world country for interrogation by the CIA's head of terrorism.
Thriller - This is an ensemble political drama aimed at adults. Fans of Reese
Witherspoon and Meryl Streep may be disappointed by their fairly
limited screen time. There are a number of intense scenes of torture.
PROFANITY: 7 F-words, 1 GD, a couple of others. SEX/NUDITY: Non-sexual nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings, beatings, and torture. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: One big explosion. COMEDY: Some cute kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Something clever is done regarding the chronology of one subplot; it's too bad that aspect of the film isn't more compelling.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent A film like 'Rendition' is valuable and rare...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.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Rendition, while engrossing, does not grab us as it should.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 61 moviegoers:
TEENS:Only a few reviews but they are not good at all. Not Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The male reviews are not good. The female reviews are decent but certainly not great. These reviews aren't strong enough to recommend paying to see this movie at theaters. Females may consider giving it a look when it comes to video.
ADULTS:Approximately half the adults, both males and females, truly enjoyed "Rendition." Most of the remaining half rated it as average to below average. Only a small percentage didn't like it. These are not great reviews, but they aren't bad. I can recommend "Rendition," but not strongly since some may be somewhat disappointed.
Spanning two continents, Rendition tracks the lives of Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal), a CIA analyst based in North Africa who is forced to question his assignment after he witnesses the brutal and unorthodox interrogation of an Egyptian-American by secret North African police; Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), the Egyptian-American chemical engineer whose family emigrated to the States when he was a boy, and who is now suspected of a terrorist act; his pregnant wife Isabella El-Ibrahimi (Reese Witherspoon), who does everything in her power to find her missing husband, who has seemingly disappeared during a flight from Cape Town, South Africa to Washington, DC, by enlisting the help of a politically-connected college friend; Alan Smith (Peter Sarsgaard), an aide to Senator Hawkins (Alan Arkin), who uncovers the troubling fact that Anwar has been shipped off, on the orders of the CIA's head of terrorism; Corrinne Whitman (Meryl Streep) to a third world country for interrogation; and Abasi Fawal (Igal Naor), the head of the secret prison who has personal problems of his own with a rebellious daughter Fatima (Zineb Oukach) and her Islamic fundamentalist boyfriend Khalid (Moa Khouas).