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Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwalley) is an Egyptian-born man who is suspected of terrorism. When he disappears while on a flight from South Africa to Washington, D.C., his American wife (Reese Witherspoon) makes her way to Washington to try to uncover the reasons behind his disappearance.
As she is searching for answers, CIA analyst Doug Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) is stationed at a detention facility somewhere outside the United States. When he sees the unorthodox interrogation of El-Ibrahimi, he questions his assignment and becomes caught up in the struggle to secure the man’s release.
Rendition is directed by Gavin Hood, who previously attained recognition for helming the Academy Award-winning Tsotsi. This is his first effort at a major motion picture release, and it should be fascinating to see its reception. It’s a movie that is packed with talent, including Academy Award winners Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin as well as recent Oscar nominee Gyllenhaal. It’s likely to be positioned as an awards contender as it nears release.
Source: Box Office Prophets
Rendition, featuring Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep, will have a gala presentation at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday. This will most likely mark the world premiere of the film.
The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 15.
IMDb user “thewirerules” was able to attend an early screening of Rendition and shares some details of the film in this thread. Tidbits include that Reese’s role is indeed the leading role and her performance is great, as expected. Meryl Streep and Reese share one strong scene in the film, while our girl has no screentime with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Rendition is a very solid film with strong performances and direction, a taut script, and great cinematography and locations. Some scenes can be hard to watch, but the various intertwining storylines pay off and are well edited, and the movie runs on a steady pace. Definetly a possible Oscar contender. The audience seemed to like the movie quite a lot when they gave it a good round of applause at the end. This version of the movie was pretty much in the final stages in terms of editing, etc., and certainly there will be some fine tuning going on.
Box Office Mojo has put up a new release date of October 12, 2007 for Reese Witherspoon’s next movie, Rendition. Previous release date was November 30, 2007.
Thanks to walktheline for the heads up.
Emotionally riveting and politically relevant, Rendition is a daring film that isn’t afraid to ask tough questions. With an all-star cast that includes Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep and Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Rendition paints a vast yet intimate canvas of a world in crisis and a family in peril.
Thematically, the film bears some resemblance to Syriana and Bourne Identity, as it’s both a cautionary tale and a taut political thriller. Rendition walks a fine line between interrogation and torture, between working for the greater good in a post 9/11 world and violating basic codes of decency–between fighting terrorism and becoming a terrorist.
The film’s protagonist is Anwar El-Ibraim, a Canadian scientist of Egyptian decent. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, he is about to find out what happens when that line is crossed. Anwar is anxious to get home and see his family after a business trip in Rio de Janeiro. Unfortunately, his homecoming is delayed.
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