October 19th, 2007



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A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.8/10 (29,317 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Gavin Hood

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard

After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country. An investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information.

Omar Metwally - Anwar El-Ibrahimi
Reese Witherspoon - Isabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
Aramis Knight - Jeremy El-Ibrahimi
Rosie Malek-Yonan - Nuru El-Ibrahimi
Jake Gyllenhaal - Douglas Freeman
Hadar Ratzon - Safiya
Moa Khouas - Khalid El-Emin
Zineb Oukach - Fatima Fawal
Yigal Naor - Abasi Fawal (as Igal Naor)
Laila Mrabti - Lina Fawal
David Fabrizio - William Dixon
Mounir Margoum - Rani
Driss Roukhe - Bahi
J.K. Simmons - Lee Mayer
Meryl Streep - Corrine Whitman

Taglines: What if someone you love...just disappeared?


Official Website: Metropolitan Films [France] | New Line Cinema [United States] |

Release Date: 19 October 2007

Filming Locations: Anaheim Convention Center - 800 W. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,060,012 (USA) (21 October 2007) (2250 Screens)

Gross: $9,736,045 (USA) (15 November 2007)

Technical Specs


Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Alan Smith, working on Capitol Hill, refers to "my guy at INS." The INS ceased to exist in 2003 with the creation of the US Department of Homeland Security Citizen Immigration Services. However, it is common for older career law enforcement and others who have regularly had contact with INS over the years to refer to CIS and ICE by the former acronym (INS).

Safiya: An analyst is nit a jackal.

User Review

is it ever, ever right to torture an individual

Rating: 10/10

I saw the movie yesterday and was shocked by it, but even more shocked by some of the comments I have read here. One person wrote that it was ambiguous if the victim of the torture was guilty or not--therefore... One person wrote that since he wasn't an American citizen, therefore... Some people comment that the people in the Middle East hate us and want us dead, therefore... So are we saying then that it is right to torture someone who is guilty of a crime? Are we saying it is right to torture someone who is not an American Citizen? Are we saying that it is right to torture someone who may hate us and want us dead? Are we saying that, as is written in the Geneva Convention, the Declaration of Human Rights and the Constitution of the United States that "torture is wrong, but some torture is less wrong than others?" When does it become "right" to torture? THAT is why this movie is powerful-- it is ambiguous, but not about torture. Torture is always wrong, and if we are willing to do it, even in the name of justice and "National Security" or "freedom and democracy" then we are wrong and we are evil; we are doing exactly what we are accusing our enemies of doing (and we are calling them "wrong" in the same breath.) My favorite line in the film was "if you don't want to compromise join Amnesty International." Right on.


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