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Intelligent and well meaning, Rendition is nevertheless an oversimplified and uneven attempt to arouse righteous indignation among its viewers.
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Now comes this big, confident, effective thriller with its politics so seamlessly a part of its story.
A worthwhile but somewhat underwhelming effort, perhaps too level headed for its own good.
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Although the films construction is still in many ways elegant, it ultimately feels hollow from bowing to the weight of its design.
All are missing in Rendition, which despite its high caliber cast and posh production values is the dullest of the recent wave of films responding to ..
As each character takes a stand, the film manages to remain surprisingly neutral yes, it wholeheartedly questions the justification of torture but it ..
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Its never moving nor does it ever get off the dime to reach our hearts.
Trouble is, the suspense elements are all DOA due to the lethargic pace of the film, and the shocking reveals of injustice lose their effect the way H ..
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The movies goal is simple use the power of movies to show us the cruelty and inhumanity of torture, and lead us to conclude that its always wrong, no ..
The attempt to make a moral action movie results in what is mostly a moral inaction film.
At times its as if the story draws to a halt, but that strategy serves a purpose to make audiences feel the hopelessness of the circumstances.
Disappointingly dull given the explosive subject matter, this at least attempts to get a message into the mainstream. An extra star for effort rather ..
It would have been interesting if Rendition had engaged its nominal issues with real sophistication and urgency; instead, it is content to use them as ..
Rendition shows us the dark side of the so called war on terrorism and the widespread death and destruction that it brings in its wake.
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Something clever is done regarding the chronology of one subplot; its too bad that aspect of the film isnt more compelling.
Hood and screenwriter Kelley Sanes taut, powerfully acted political thriller in the Costa Gavras (MISSING) mold is closely based on the real life case ..
I have no qualms with any of the performances, or with the films individual components. Its the overall effect thats lackluster. This is a film thats ..
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After a terrorist bombing in Egypt, the CIAs shadowy process of extraordinary renditionabducting a suspect for interrogation in another country where ..
Ironically, an almost identical low budget English movie called Extraordinary Rendition does this much more effectively.In short, Rendition is watchab ..
And so it is that a hard nosed political thriller devolves into a wish fulfilment fantasy.
And even if this film is a little too busy and perhaps flippant, the important thing is that Hood addresses the situation with raw honesty and gritty ..
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And while the film is consistently entertaining, it never quite packs the emotional wallop that one mightve hoped for with the final confrontation bet ..
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The basics of its plot are well developed, and it never forgets to be entertaining, nor does it insist on inflating its importance by outstaying its w ..
Its 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 ..
Rendition is one of the least energetic and most sluggish movies in recent memory.In fact, even the cast of this political thriller doesnt seem too ex ..
Its also enacted in a unique way that may feel a bit like cheating, but the added dimension it brings allows us to find it acceptable.
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Maybe the ending is a tad too upbeat, a tad too facile to be satisfying or even believable in a story based so closely on horrific reality.
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Excuse my cynicism but this screenplay seems far too loaded for that claim to be taken seriously.
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I suppose a case could be made for easing the public into hard ideas about what its government is doing to people, including its own citizens, but you ..
Tormented inertia is a hard emotional note to hit, but the role suits Gyllenhaal, an actor who always seems fundamentally likable but only half awake.
Art is supposed to hold a mirror up to reality but not one borrowed from the funhouse.
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Worst of all, any point about extraordinary rendition gets lost when Hood detonates a narrative bomb of his own, pulling off a spectacular timeshift t ..
When all is said and done, the film is a well meaning, well shot, but truly mediocre piece of work.
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But director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) cant make his climactic structural gimmick work with any impact or satisfaction; the story lines dont build much ener ..
Witherspoon is required to play her thankless role without her usual pep and we miss it.
Despite the clumsy bias and the POV, this is a well acted, beautifully filmed (the Director of Photography is Dion Beebe, who is, for my money, the be ..
Movies offer us wildly divergent stories with vivid, close up emotions, and so did the six fimmakers we invited to take part in the Envelope Directors ..
Still, in the end, theres enough excitement, dimension and an involved level of acting by an ensemble of first rate players to make the time rendered ..
Few of the films many characters feel like more than mere set pieces to prove the films Big Political Point.
And the particular torture chamber house of horrors in Rendition is scary enough to give the more fictional horror fare this Halloween season, some st ..
It requires a certain attention from the audience, and that attention is rewarded in the end.
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Thats more interesting than watching a villain who is on the verge of twisting a moustache, laughing maniacally and attempting to tie Reese Witherspoo ..
Hood lacks the chutzpah to direct Arkin or Streep toward anything other than variations on past characters.
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Nothing if not timely, Rendition arrives days after the Supreme Court said it would not take up the case of an innocent German who claimed he was abdu ..
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The question is not satisfactorily answered, and the sleight of hand intended to distract you from this fact simply fails to work.Its a decent enough ..
Rendition is the same Kafkaesque nightmare done in Saturday Afternoon at the Movies style, with multiple crisscrossing plots, a cliff hanger climax, a ..
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Current and contentious Rendition may be, but entertaining and suspenseful it is not.
The latest piece of preening liberal guilt cinema, Gavin Hoods Rendition is laughably melodramatic and agonizingly inert, more interested in its pretz ..
Rendition is well made.Gavin Hood builds tension with parallel scenes.
It takes a subject that deserves if not demands layers and nuances, and reduces it to something digestible and almost reassuring in its single mindedn ..
After overblown stories of mass walkouts by critics during its Toronto debut, Rendition proves to have enough substance, momentum and surprise to vali ..
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Designed to make us feel like weve just witnessed a powerful experience. The reality of the film is that its nothing but a shallow and underdeveloped ..
The movies intentions are clear cut, and its execution is solely to back them up.
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In some ways, the existence of this earnestly ambitious and steadily engaging movie really is surprising.
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Everything is black and white here, a tremendous disservice considering the complexity of the issue.
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