Rendition (Blu-ray) R

What if someone you love... just disappeared?
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 11, 2013
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: New Line Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Outlawed documentary
    • Intersections: the making of Rendition documentary
    • 5 deleted scenes including an alternate ending
    • Director commentary, trailer, plus more!
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten47%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 153

Upright62%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 305,480
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The film unfolds brilliantly and methodically, as director Gavid Hood's vivid characters are unwittingly drawn together. Full Review
San Francisco Examiner
Jun 6, 2008
Rating: 3/4 -- That it's embarrassingly plausible, that it depicts things that have happened and that are probably still happening, is enough to make Americans sick to their stomach. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Oct 19, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- What finally gives Rendition its headlong narrative momentum is the sense that we're rarely certain what argument the filmmakers are endorsing.
Seattle Times
Oct 19, 2007
Rather then telling a story with characters growing and exploring the politics of the world around them, they simply take up the roles of well-dictated automatons. Full Review
Paste Magazine
Jul 31, 2008
Rating: 7/10 -- Rendition features decent performances by all its actors, although few are given any chance to shine. Full Review
ReelzChannel.com
Aug 26, 2008
4 stars out of 5 -- [Hood] brings a sense of grim immediacy to his material....He draws performances of total conviction.
Total Film
Nov 1, 2007
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Rendition, while engrossing, does not grab us as it should.
USA Today
Oct 19, 2007

Product Description:

Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this nail-biting political thriller from director Gavin Hood (TSOTSI). Showing the price and behind-the-scenes drama of post 9/11 anti-terrorist security policies, the film focuses on the controversial U.S. practice of transporting suspected terrorists to locations outside the U.S. for intense interrogation and, as the film suggests, torture. Here, it is Egyptian-born Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), an engineer and family man, who becomes a CIA target. On his way home to Chicago from business in South Africa, Anwar disappears at the Washington, D.C., airport. The records show he boarded the plane, but he never returns to his pregnant wife, Isabella (Witherspoon), and small son. As Anwar is taken to an undisclosed location for questioning, several other plotlines are introduced. After his partner is killed by a suicide bomber, Douglas Freeman (Gyllenhaal), a young and relatively inexperienced CIA analyst, must step in to observe the brutal torture and interrogation of Anwar at the hands of the brutish Abasi Fawal (Igal Naor), whose own daughter has run away with the brother of a potential terrorist.

RENDITION tackles serious issues with an all-star cast that also includes a typically flawless Meryl Streep as a steely government official responsible for approving Anwar's kidnapping, and Peter Sarsgaard as old friend of Isabella who uses his political position to help her. RENDITION never delves too deeply into any one character, focusing instead on the important ways in which multiple storylines intersect and the personal stakes that each character has in the case. Clever editing and solid writing contribute to the film's success by encouraging the audience to view events from multiple points of view and by never becoming preachy or one-sided.

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  • Theatrical Release: October 19, 2007:
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  • Sales Rank: 22,554
  • UPC: 883929285754
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