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Rendition (2007)



Critic Consensus: The impressive cast cannot rescue Rendition, which explores complex issues in woefully simplified terms.

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The director of the Academy Award-winning 2006 crime drama Tsotsi returns to the helm with this tale of a Middle East CIA operative who begins to have doubts about his latest assignment after witnessing the interrogation of a suspected suicide bomber by secret police. When Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) mysteriously vanishes on a routine flight from South Africa to Washington, his wife, Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), embarks on a frantic international search for her missing husband. At the same time, a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrives at a clandestine detention facility outside of United States. As the interrogation of El-Ibrahimi gets under way, the CIA analyst is profoundly shaken by the unorthodox methods used by the man's captors, and quickly begins to reevaluate his assignment. Peter Sarsgaard, Meryl Streep, and Alan Arkin co-star in this topical political thriller penned by Kelley Sane and produced by Steve Golin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Jake Gyllenhaal
as Douglas Freeman
Reese Witherspoon
as Isabella El-Ibrahimi
Peter Sarsgaard
as Alan Smith
Alan Arkin
as Senator Hawkins
Meryl Streep
as Corrine Whitman
Omar Metwally
as Anwar El-Ibrahimi
Igal Naor
as Abasi Fawal
J.K. Simmons
as Lee Mayer
Bob Gunton
as Lars Whitman
Zineb Oukach
as Fatima Fawal
Moa Khouas
as Khalid El-Emin
Rosie Malek-Yonan
as Nuru El-Ibrahimi
Christian Martin
as Senator Lewis's Aide
Aramis Knight
as Jeremy El-Ibrahimi
Laila Nrabti
as Lina Fawal
David Fabrizio
as William Dixon
MrabtiBoubker Fahmi
as Senior Prison Guard
Nava Ziv
as Samia Fawal
Raymond Amsallem
as Layla Fawal
Simon Abkarian
as Said Abdel Aziz
Najib Oudghiri
as Omar Adnan
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Critic Reviews for Rendition

All Critics (155) | Top Critics (56)

But Rendition, in the end, is a Lifetime movie with pretensions toward being a political thriller. (They could even call it YOU HAVE MY HUSBAND! since Witherspoon shrieks that at Streep in a ludicrous scene.)

May 1, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I don't fault Rendition for its liberal politics. I fault it for hammering home those politics in such pounding, slanted fashion.

October 22, 2007

If these new, allegedly topical movies are to make us feel anything -- to move us toward any action or even just toward any fresh realization -- they need to at least seem alive on the screen, instead of just courting our polite, measured applause.

October 20, 2007

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.

October 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What finally gives Rendition its headlong narrative momentum is the sense that we're rarely certain what argument the filmmakers are endorsing.

October 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

It's one thing for a thriller to be timely, quite another for it to function as Rendition does, a gripping piece of entertainment with a clear head on its shoulders.

October 19, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Rendition

Well acted and asks some questions more people should be seeking answers to.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


I had heard mixed things about Rendition. When I finally gave it a shot, I didn't understand why people where a bit negative towards the film. The film is a well crafted thriller and is one of the better genre films to come out in quite some time. The cast here are well assembled and they each deliver good performances. The story of the film is very engaging, thrilling and intricate. Rendition is a solid film and works as political thriller. The story, I felt was very strong and well developed. I very much enjoy these types of films that blend espionage, action and thrills into one film. Rendition is a solid thriller that delivers edge of you seat entertainment, and the cast make this film much better than it is. Especially with lead actresses such as Meryl Strep and Reese Witherspoon. Rendition's plot is engaging, and I thoroughly enjoyed this film. This is a brilliant film that was well conceived. Director Gavin Hood crafts a solid film and Rendition is better than what most people may think. This is a well made film with good performances and a great plot. If you're looking for a good thriller, Rendition is that film. The film is worth watching, and has enough thrills to keep you engaged. Rendition is a good film that doesn't deserve the flack it has received. This is a good film that will appeal to viewers looking for a solid thriller.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Interestingly 'unHollywood' for a 'Hollywood' film and certainly do not judge this as a typical Reece Witherspoon film, it's anything but! Opinions will vary on Intelligence methods, either way it's a voyeuristic view of something that the average person would never witness. Fears for the innocent arise, fears for extremists slipping through the net arise. Enjoyable, gritty and a situation no one would like to find themselves in.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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