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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Depicts courage and persistence/perseverance in trying to do the right thing, even when many others are convinced that it's not.
Positive Role Models
Daniel Jones is something of a role model in that he never gives up fighting for something he believes is right, but he's also shown giving up most of the rest of his life to do it. (He has no life outside of work.)
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of prisoners being tortured. Torture techniques demonstrated (including waterboarding, mock burials, rectal rehydration, etc.). Kicking prisoners. Hands bolted to floor. Shouting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Naked male prisoners shown. Naked bottoms.
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Uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Report is a fact-based drama about the efforts to investigate the CIA's use of torture to question suspects after 9/11. A few sequences demonstrate the kinds of torture used, including waterboarding, mock burials, and hands being chained to the floor. There are also scenes of shouting, kicking, etc. Male prisoners are shown naked, including bare bottoms. Language is fairly strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," and more. Adults drink socially. The film starts off a bit dry, and it's never very dynamic, but it manages to work up enough outrage and suspense to make it worth a look for mature viewers. Adam Driver and Annette Bening co-star. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Essentially a movie about people in suits sitting in offices, staring at computers, and talking to each other, this fact-based drama somehow eventually gathers up enough tension to click. Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, who previously wrote The Informant!, Contagion, and Side Effects, The Report opens tentatively, with a flash-forward to show that Jones may be in serious trouble, before heading back to its natural beginning, a rather static series of scenes in which everything is introduced -- including Jones' depressing, windowless office -- and the rules are laid down.
But at some point during the movie's two hours, it starts to crackle. Perhaps it's because of the many shockingly awful events we hear about in the news or because of righteous anger over the blatant wrongdoing. Perhaps it's the thrill of seeing Jones getting a much-needed breakthrough: a secret, Deep Throat-style meeting with a man (Tim Blake Nelson), sick with guilt and terrified, who worked for the program as a "doctor." Or perhaps it's Driver's performance, which is obsessive and creates a forward momentum. Certainly Bening's performance as Senator Feinstein is a skillful treat. In the end, The Report is worth seeing for anyone who's interested in true political stories.
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