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The Report

The Report

USA 2019 - with Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine ...

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Original title:The Report
Genre:Drama, Thriller
Direction:Scott Z. Burns
Cinema release:07.11.2019
Production country:USA 2019
Running time:Ca. 120 min.
Rated:From 12 years
Web page:https://dcmworld.com/filme/
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How far may the secret service go to get people suspected of being terrorists to talk? To what extent does the end justify all means? And is the CIA, the most powerful intelligence agency in the USA, trying to sweep information about extreme interrogation techniques under the carpet? Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), a young member of the Senate, is assigned by his superior, Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening), to lead an internal investigation into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program. Over the years, Jones collects evidence and information. His final report wants to keep not only the CIA, but also the White House under lock and key. So the battle for truth is not over yet… 

"The Report" by Scott Z Burns is a political thriller based on actual events that poses a very important moral question: How far can a government go to investigate or prevent a terrorist attack? One is now inclined to say: Of course everything that is necessary. But with that you make it too easy for yourself, which the movie shows impressively. Because what if an innocent man is tortured in a really inhuman way? What if even the most extreme means do not lead to the desired success or perhaps even stand in the way of promising investigations? And isn't it always the case that violence creates counterviolence?  

It really isn't a simple subject that this film illuminates with a somewhat nested narrative style. The ensemble Burns has gathered here in front of the camera is really first-class and makes the film a great acting cinema. On the one hand, the staging is very reserved, consists of long dialogue sequences and a rather objective approach to the topic. On the other hand, long scenes of torture are shown again and again, which are a real pain in the ass. What Burns wants to achieve with it is already apparent after the first sequence, as it really wouldn't have needed the further excerpts.  

"The Report" seems a bit unbalanced overall, which easily balances out the great actors and the important questions the film raises. Here it's really worth looking beyond the few weaknesses, because the theme of the drama is unfortunately still very, very topical. A film to cheer on and to think about - and for that there is a deserved one: Worth seeing! 

Note: After its cinema release "The Report" will also be shown on Amazon Prime Video at the end of November.

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