The Report Amazon Prime Video Review: Yet Another Film on the 9/11 Aftermath

The Report Amazon Prime Video Review: Yet Another Film on the 9/11 Aftermath

The Report is yet another film on 9/11 and its aftermath. Is it worth a view? Read on.
The Report Amazon Prime Video Review: Yet Another Film on the 9/11 Aftermath
The Report
Movie NameThe Report
DirectorScott Z Burns
ActorAdam Driver, Annette Benning, Jon Hamm
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After 9/11, we have seen  many  post-trauma disorder dramas on screen, some  good  others  not so good. The Report is  very hard to define and even harder to  like.  Not  because it lacks merit.  But  for its  extremely  ambivalent theme . The  film is about the  CIA  applying extra-constitutional methods  of  torture  on  suspected terrorists after the  9/11 attacks. The brutality of it  will  naturally  outage  the  ‘amnesty’ within  all of us. Like they say everyone is  a liberal until the radical strikes  home.

  There  is  the  other side. The  side that  suffers the  brutality  bereavement and  the loss every time a terror attack happens. Who cares  if human rights  are  violated while questioning suspected terrorists? After  9/11,  the  CIA apparently didn’t care. This well-intended  but morally askew film  digs deep into a dark untold  story of post 9/11 excesses committed by the  CIA.

The man digging  up the dirt is  a driven uni-focused US senate investigator Daniel  Jones (Adam Driver) who spent five years of his life thanklessly  putting together  all the  horrendous truth of torture that the CIA and apparently  the American government wanted  to  hush up. Apparently  many  suspected  terrorists who were  ministered  unmentionable  torture  by the  CIA were  innocent.

For all those who  think an omelette cannot be  made without cracking eggs, The Report is  a film of  redundant  value. But for  those out there who weep  for  every innocent  life that suffers for crimes  he or she  did not  commit this film is a masterpiece of  investigative intelligence, put together piece-by-piece with a rare  fortitude and  courage  by  writer-director Scott Z Burns. There is no attempt to distill  the drama with  cinematic  gimmicks. The  narration is  sluggish specially  after  mid-point  and  the  editing far from  taut. But  that’s what  serves as  the  films USPs.
The Report doesn’t want to  shock or engage us in the way  other important investigative  films like  All The  President’s Men or  Spotlight  did. This one has only one agenda. It wants  us to  know that 9/11  generated an unbearable heat on the American soil, and not all of the passion was  productive.

A word on  the actors. They all seem to  apply the self-effacing  technique  on their  characters. But like the torture files that were blackened  or destroyed the actors just can’t help showing their true faces. With  his stand-out facial features  Adam Driver in the lead is specially noticeable. There is  no escaping his manifested righteousness. Or the film’s genuine concern for the eggs that break before  the omelette  happens.

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