Sunday, August 10, 2008

Rendition (Drama 2007)

This was a pretty good movie. It was about how the CIA nabbed a guy suspected of being a terrorist and flew him to another country to be tortured. I think I’ve seen worse torture scenes from Nam films, but the overall story with this movie was definitely better.

Most would find this film controversial because it deals with torture, terrorism, and national security. I’m sure a boatload of debates could go back and forth between when additional force is necessary vs. not. This film was very much one-sided in making the case that if you’re wrong about a person, but you still continue to torture them because you think you’re right, you would then be ethically engaging in a very bad activity. I’m not sure how that distinction would be made if this was your occupation, but I’m sure glad I don’t have that job.

The movie also showed that if this happened to a family member of yours, you would essentially be screwed because the government can do anything it damn well pleases. This is the case with every country in the world I’m sure, but I know some idealists out there think that it can’t happen in the U.S. I’m sure we all hope that intelligence agencies out there do their due diligence and have ample evidence prior to torturing a suspect for an indefinite amount of time. Being on the wrong end of that stick would definitely suck.
Rating - B