Rendition

Rendition is a movie that surprises me. It is a movie where filmmakers try to get several big
Hollywood faces to pass a message to us, at least that’s what it seems like. This movie stars the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, and Alan Arkin. Rendition can be classified as a political drama but there is much more to it than that.  It takes place when the husband of Reese Witherspoon, played by Omar Metwally, is taken into custody by the CIA as a potential terrorist.

Reese tries to get him back and at the same time we are introduced to Jake Gyllenhaal who is at a square when a bomb goes off and kills his partner. We are also introduced into a third storyline of a young girl named
Fatima who wants to be with her boyfriend even though her father is forcing her to marry someone else. The main plotline involves Jake Gyllenhaal overseeing the torture session of Reese’s husband to try and get information, while back at home Witherspoon tries to find out where her husband is.

The actors do their best in this movie and it’s actually quite good. From Reese Witherspoon to Meryl Streep who of course shines in anything she does. Jake Gyllenhaal also exceeds expectations and you can feel his pain as he watches the poor man, who he himself deems as innocent, being tortured. The man doing the torturing is the father of
Fatima who has been missing for nearly a week and we know that she is with her boyfriend. Her boyfriend however has secret meetings that she does not know about and one day while out at what seems like a party the cops arrive to arrest them all. Fatima and her boyfriend get away but his brother is unfortunately captured.

Overall however this movie just doesn’t really work for me.  It has wonderful actors but the story just seems a little weak and can’t really follow through. At the end I was nearly completely confused although I understand it but the movie just as a whole does not work I think. It is however wonderfully acted and shot, but it is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for any movie theater fun. Rendition is a serious movie but for me it’s just a slight swing and a miss. I give it a 2.5 out of 5.