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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

Just average & half the time I didn't even know what was going on. I hate these movies with multiple stories going on.

- movieguru12, Sunday, August 9, 2009

2 stars

A much stronger film would have measured the deplorable ethics of using extraordinary rendition with its results and debated its usefulness. This is not that film. It tries to cover an epic scope, throws in way too many characters, and even includes a plot twist involving time-shifting. The result is a film that is far too ambitious for its two hour running time, and by the end, it collapses under all the weight with a nice, tidy, typical Hollywood ending.

- MovieGeek13, Thursday, March 19, 2009

4 stars

Good movie - very thought provoking. Not my usual type of film, but I did find it easier to follow than these types of stories usually are. Reese is kind of wasted in this - she's not bad, it's just not much of a part for her.

- romy861, Sunday, November 30, 2008