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||Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese
Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, Peter Sarsgaard, Meryl Streep
||Only if you want
them fidgetting for two hours.
||Douglas has a hot
girlfriend, but she keeps her clothes on.
||Only if you count
water torture, electrocuting, and a suicide bomb violent.
||There's not to
much chasing going on.
||Every scene with
Meryl Streep playing the cold, hard bitch, and I mean that
with the strongest of compliments.
||Douglas: "I like
||Steve Golin, Marcus Viscidi
All I could think about after I left "Rendition" was that
there are now a group of soccer players pretty pissed at
Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally). If you really want to
know why, go and see the movie. Anyway, hereís the basic
A Movie Review
Anwar is a chemical engineer from Egypt. Heís married to
Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), with one son and another kid
about to explode out of Isabellaís belly. Heís heading home
from South Africa where he was at a conference with fellow
engineers. Thereís an explosion in a town in north Africa,
and somehow the US government folks have tied Anwar, very
loosely, to the ringleader of the group that did the
bombing. So, as we have heard stories like this in the news,
the CIA kidnaps Anwar, ships him to an unnamed country where
that country can torture, I mean interrogate him, leaving
Isabella to wonder where her hubby is. The feds say he never
got on the plane from South Africa, but Isabella has the
credit card charges to prove it.
So, while Isabella is using her old boyfriend (Peter
Sarsgaard) who works for a Senator (Alan Arkin), to get
information about Anwarís whereabouts, we also have another
storyline of Douglas (Jake Gyllenhaal) thrown in as an
observer of the torture, um, I mean questioning of Anwar,
only Douglas is really a statistician (thereís a funny line
where he spouts "I like pie-charts") and not cut out to see
a dude stripped naked, electrocuted, drowned, and beaten,
all under the watchful eye of head questioner Abasi (Igal
Noar). And if that werenít enough to contend with, Abasiís
got his own problems at home with a daughter, Fatima (Zineb
Oukach), who doesnít want to be set up for marriage because
she is in love with Khalid (Mohammed Khouas), whom we
eventually find out, but not surprisingly (at least not for
me), is involved with a militant group.
Wow, itís hard enough paying attention to poor Isabella
having to deal with the government folks, let alone poor
Douglas put in a position not really akin to his pay grade,
and now Iíve got to worry about Abasiís relationship with
his daughter and the ragamuffin she is hanging out with? And
yes, of course, you can figure that somehow, someway, even
the Fatima and Khalid relationship, is entwined with every
And then, if thatís not hard enough, the movie folks try
to twist everything up at the end with a different look at
the timeline of events that now have you trying to re-piece
together exactly what happened from when the bomb exploded
to Douglas getting soft.
Buried somewhere in "Rendition" is a great film that
would have dealt with the reported snatching up of "terror
suspects," shipping them off to somewhere else, and then
questioning them, but sadly "Rendition" muddies it all with
trying to get tricky with this story relating to that story
relating to yet another story and somehow they sort of all
All of the actors did okay in their respective roles, but
as a stalker of Reese Witherspoon I didnít need her
pregnant. Sure, it gave some sympathy to her plight, but
isnít having your husband taken away in the middle of the
night sympathy enough? In the end Iím giving "Rendition" 2 Ĺ
stars out of 5. They made the story just too complicated
that for much of the film things just dragged on.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!