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The policy of "extraordinary rendition" began under the Clinton administration and accelerated after September 11, 2001. The policy allows for the handing over of suspected terrorists to countries that use torture as an interrogation tool. Anwar El-Ibrahimi is an Egyptian-born man who disappears on a flight from Africa to Washington, DC. He is sent to a North African country where torture is practiced and the CIA gives approval. Anwar's pregnant American-born wife wants to know what happened to her husband. A reluctant CIA agent begins to question his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation. A severe interrogator plys his trade on Anwar while a U.S. terrorism honcho is willing to turn a blind eye to the unpleasantness, especially if it stops a terrorist attack.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment : Warner Home Video, 2008, ©2007
Edition: Widescreen format (2.35first)
ISBN: 9780780680043
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Re
Description: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: R; for torture/violence and language


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May 11, 2018

By coincidence I watched this the day after I saw that miserable wretch Haspel before the equally worthless Senate committee. I assume that at the time Meryl Streep was reaching in the dark to imagine her character, the CIA official. It is testament to her fine talent that it turned out to be a semi-human copy of today's real-life programmed robot. Anyway, the movie is difficult to watch at the same time it captures and holds your attention, especially the torture scenes, which go about as far as they can to demonstrate its hideous criminality. It also exposes the cowardice of responsible players who turn a blind eye or rationalize the kidnapping, torture and other crimes committed by our government. The movie shows that terrorist and anti-terrorist are two sides of the same degenerate moral coin, though the greater responsibility lies with the greater power of the state. Of course, at this point no one should be surprised by the moral degeneracy of our billionaire ruling class, so faithfully served by its political, media and "intelligence" flunkies. Still, it would be worthwhile for every patriotic American to see this film, though a big chunk of the population is too frightened to give up their infantile understanding of the world: we're-the-good-guys-they're-the-bad-guys. And that makes them easy pickings for any 2-bit con-man in an orangutan mask.

Aug 04, 2017

Thank you Gavin Hood for making thought-provoking films that make us think, debate, and educate ourselves on hard issues and moral dilemmas.

Apr 18, 2017

Leftists/"Liberals" should not be allowed to make movies; especially when their objective is to try to get people emotionally charged up over pure bull, in order to discredit real arguments.

One of the funnier scenes in the film, is the "crusading CIA savior" calling the Washington (Com)Post. LOL
Note: This was released in the 2nd to last year of the Bush Administration. (Of course.) Let's look at the results (re: the film's "topic") of the 8 yrs of policies of the Administration that followed.
I don't know what to say to anyone that buys one iota of this film...

Oct 17, 2016

This is a 2007 political thriller directed by Gavin Hood, based on the true story of Khalid El-Masri, who was mistaken for Khalid al-Masri.
The movie also has similarities to the case of Maher Arar.
It centers on the controversial CIA practice of extraordinary rendition, which is the government-sponsored abduction and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one country to another so that you could torture a subject to get information.
It is a really scary story.
In any case, 54 countries are known to have been involved with US extraordinary renditions.
It is definitely a crime against humanity.

Jan 26, 2015

[UPDATE 11/2016: Well, perhaps if there's any pro-democracy activists still alive in the Middle East they can breathe easier for awhile; neither a Clinton or Bush made it back into the White House, so there will not be another Extraordinary Rendition Program, like the one the Clintons first created in 1995!]
This subject matter is extremely current - - given that there are still innocent victims held at Guantanamo - - a glaring example of what an amoral country America is today! Especially current given the recent release of the executive summary of the Senate Report on CIA Torture [actually 6,000 pages in length, but they refuse to release it]. A complementary book to this movie is Lords of Secrecy by Horton.

Apr 24, 2014

The movie was well done but the subject matter is just old news. Don’t bother with this one.

harrybrowne Jan 16, 2014

Gut-wrenching and gripping drama about the so-called war on terror and how it affects all of us. Well-written and acted; excellent score. Made in 2007 but still relevant today...especially today with the revelations by Snowden about the NSA corruption and constitutional violations. A must- see for anyone who cares about freedom and liberty.

tazz3 Sep 01, 2013


Feb 07, 2012

A strong movie. Good acting by Streep and Witherspoon, and not bad for Gyllenhaal. However, this varies little from a large number of "the authorities are doing bad things" movies of late.

GManBruce Dec 14, 2011

Powerful. This film really explores the heartbreak and drama happening to those who do not deserve rendition and the carelessness of those who proceed under the guise of our Nation's security. Well acted and directed and I'm afraid many will miss what actually happens before their eyes. Many kudos to the cast, writers and directors.

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Violence: Torture scenes


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