Theatrical Reviews

The Report Review

The Report 1

Studio:
Curzon   

What’s It About?
Based on a true story, The Report sees a Senate staffer hired by Senator Dianne Feinstein to investigate the CIA’s post 9/11 Detention And Interrogation Program only to uncover some shocking secrets, and come up against some stern opposition.   

Who’s In It?
Adam Driver (Star Wars Episode VIII – The Force Awakens, Logan Lucky, & more recently BlackKklansman)
Annette Bening (American Beauty, The Kids Are All Right, & more recently Captain Marvel)   

Other notables include:
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver, & more recently Tag)
Michael C Hall (Six Feet Under, Dexter, & more recently Game Night)   

Director: Scott Z Burns (Pu-239)   

Audiences Expect:
Based on a true story, The Report (note the word Torture has been redacted from the title) follows idealistic Senate staffer Daniel Jones, who is tasked by Senator Dianne Feinstein with looking into the behaviour of the CIA, specifically between 2002-2009 under their Detention And Interrogation Program which saw the agency use a variety of ‘techniques’ including walling, sleep deprivation and in some cases waterboarding.
Working in an underground bunker-like office, the small team led Jones pored through hundred and thousands of papers and emails often redacted to within an inch of their lives, to try to uncover exactly what took place.
And then, once his report is completed, he finds himself caught in the middle of the White House and Congress, with a very real threat that the report he has dedicated his life to, or at least several years of his life, may never see the light of day.
Reminiscent of films like All The President’s Men and Rendition, The Report is powerful, gripping and utterly compelling. Yes it does involve a lot of dialogue-heavy scenes and plenty of leafing through emails and text in folders, but somehow it is thoroughly absorbing, thanks in no small part to an incredible and powerful performance from Adam Driver.
There is also strong support in the form of Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Douglas Hodge, and Michael C Hall, but there is no doubt that this is Driver’s film and he excels in the lead role.   

In A Nutshell:
It may be set in a bunker with people leafing through emails and papers, but The Report is as gripping a movie as you’ll see all year with a superb performance from Adam Driver.   

Highlight:
Adam Driver
The script
The subject matter  

Lowpoint:
N/A


Certificate: 15

EDITOR’S CHOICE