Arts & Entertainment

The Report

In the years following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, American citizens were in a fixed state of anxiety, suspicion and anger. There was a lot of pressure on the government to find and punish the perpetrators and ensure it would never happen again. This volatile atmosphere allowed two ex-military men without relevant qualifications to convince the CIA to use their EIT (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques) – otherwise known as torture. This factual film follows senate staffer, Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) through his arduous six years of research and compiling to produce a damning expose on the ineffective and atrocious techniques.

Driver is convincingly tenacious as Jones without overdoing the indignant hero thing. Annette Bening blends gravitas with political smarts in her portrayal of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Maura Tierney is eerily cold as Bernadette, a CIA agent who indifferently observes the torture.

It’s mostly a dialogue-driven story with some backfill scenes of torture, yet it is well crafted and totally absorbing. 

★★★ ½

Reviewed by Rita Bratovich

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