Movie Review: Rendition

I feel bad about Rendition. It has the elements of being a powerful drama about ethically gray topics (such as torture) but I couldn't help feel my eyelids shutting on various stretches of the movie.

Perhaps it is the failure of the main leads (Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gylenhaal) to connect with me. Witherspoon plays a wife of American-Egyptian engineer Anwar Ib-rahimi suspected of terrorism and Gylenhaal plays an agent who observes the torturous interrogation of Ib-rahimi. The interplay of the two threads along with other minor subplots is not as good as movies like Crash or Babel-- and I think that is the main weakness of the film.

The cast is solid and director Gavin Hood's skill to create political tension is evident, but it's too bad I never got to appreciate it as a whole. I can't help but wonder if I was being subject to torture while watching the film.

Rating: 1.5/5

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