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Rendition

drama, thrillers


When a man mysteriously disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington DC his wife launches a desperate search to find him, while the CIA works to cover its tracks.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    47%
  • Audience Score
    62%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Over-simplified drama takes hard look at torture.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this heavy drama isn't for kids, even though it stars tween/teen favorites Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal. Not only does it deal with the many complicated political and cultural issues surrounding torture, but the dialogue -- which is focused on policy and intrigue -- will likely bore younger viewers. There's also plenty of violence, including explosions, shooting, and, yes, torture (there are difficult images of the victim's pain and the aggressor's visceral calculations). The torture victim appears naked in a small, dank cell, mostly in shadow. Other scenes show upset victims and negotiators; particularly wrenching is a young wife's anguished pleading that a CIA officer answer questions about her missing husband. Language includes some uses of "f--k" and other minor profanity.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays the practice of torture. As viewers sort out their own feelings about what he goes through, does it matter whether Anwar is guilty or innocent? How is watching torture different than seeing other types of media violence? Should anti-torture laws ever be sacrificed for security?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    47%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    62%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Rendition has multiple crisscrossing plots, a cliff-hanger climax, and a strong current of hope -- that an individual's conscience can triumph over careerism and bureaucratic moral blindness.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, October 20, 2007

Audience Reviews

1 star

Geez, Louise. How can you take a topic this important and turn it into a trivial non-entity? Why am I even asking this question? Just hazard watching this piece of borat and, if you can choke it down, you'll see for yourself. I mean, does anyone watching this even care about anyone in this movie? Shouldn't we? This ain't fiction, friends; it really happens. A lot. Cripes . . . what a lousy job of movie making all around.

- binky013, Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2 stars

A political thriller that starts well and asks some relevant questions. Has a slight twist and some good actors on show but overall left too many questions unanswered.

- Deano78, Saturday, April 12, 2008

3 stars

this movie was not well recieved by critics or fans, and im not sure why. i liked it a lot. the story was intriguing and powerful, the acting was solid as was the cinematography, and the film delivered true likeable characters as well as true villians. the hero of the film came from an unlikely character, and the ethical concerns involved were difficult to judge. the close of the film could have benefited from another 10 minutes of info, but overall this was a solid film.

- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, April 15, 2008