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Rendition

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Source: Catholic News Service

Quietly intense thriller about a wife's (Reese Witherspoon) efforts to discover the whereabouts of her Egyptian-born husband (Omar Metwally) who has been abducted by the U.S. government upon returning to the States from a business trip, and taken to an unspecified North African country where he is tortured and interrogated as a suspected terrorist, while a novice CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) is given the task of monitoring the case. Director Gavin Hood raises valid questions about the government's use of this abduction procedure called "extraordinary rendition" in combating terrorism, yet the ambiguity about the Egyptian character is frustrating, and a time twist at the end seems rather pointless, but the film is absorbing throughout, and Meryl Streep has a good role as the CIA honcho who orders the arrest. Torture, shadowy partial and rear nudity, a nonmarital relationship, brief profanity, and a suicide bombing with bloodshed. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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