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Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, and Alan Arkin star in Rendition, a thriller from director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi). Witherspoon stars as the American wife of an Egyptian-born chemical engineer who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. The woman desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) 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.

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Studio New Line
SKU 206567840
UPC 794043112928
UPC 14 00794043112928
Format DVD
Release Date 7/24/2012
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Witherspoon,Reese
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Alan Arkin - Actor
Barry Robison - Production Designer
Bob Gunton - Actor
Dion Beebe - Cinematographer
Gavin Hood - Director
Harry Pain - Art Director
J.K. Simmons - Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal - Actor
Kelley Sane - Writer
Mark Kilian - Original Music By
Megan Gill - Editor
Meryl Streep - Actor
Omar Metwally - Actor
Paul Hepker - Original Music By
Peter Sarsgaard - Actor
Reese Witherspoon - Actor
Steve Golin - Producer
Toby Emmerich - Executive Producer
Tony Noble - Art Director
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Much as I might like to, I cannot heap praise upon director Gavin Hood's Rendition, a political thriller with aspirations of being so much more that it is. The film treads into the minefield of debate that exists surrounding the question of Constitutional Rights versus National Security. Some day, someone is going to make a very good movie about these issues - one that will take a hard look at the dangers inherent in not walking the fine tightrope that exists. Rendition, however, approaches the subject playing with a stacked anti-National Security deck and a script that is half-baked. Hood has staked out a position and defended it in a shockingly unsubtle way. Instead of experiencing a movie that's seriously interested in getting into all of the pluses and minuses of the policy of "extreme rendition," we are ambushed by a simplistic storyline that's more interested in sermonizing and demonizing than existing in the real world where things aren't as clear-cut as the movie would like us to believe. The film's disappointingly black-and-white approach robs characters and situations of badly needed ambiguity.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Director Gavin Hood's terrifying, intelligent thriller "Rendition" puts a human face on the practice. We meet Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), an Egyptian-born American chemical engineer who lives in Chicago. He and his wife, Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), have a young son, and she is in advanced pregnancy with another child. After boarding a flight home from a conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Anwar disappears from the airplane, his name disappears from the passenger list and Isabella hears nothing more from him...Gavin Hood, the South African-born director of "Rendition," first came into wide view with the wonderful "Tsotsi" (2005), which won the Academy Award for best foreign film. Now comes this big, confident, effective thriller with its politics so seamlessly a part of its story. Next for him: "Wolverine," based on the "X-Men" character. I hope we don't lose him to blockbusters. A film like "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."
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Witherspoon,Reese
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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Jack Mathews, New York Daily News ...this topical thriller about CIA-sanctioned torture is one of the most important "message" movies of the year.
Ken Fox, TV Guide Taut, powerfully acted political thriller.
Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail A rarity -- a political film that delivers its timely message with a cinematic punch and no undue speechifying.

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