The Report (2019) Review


Daniel Jones is given the tough job of investigating the CIA, for the post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation programme which he uncovered many shocking secrets. His report about the torture which took place in the aftermath of the terrorist attack.


Senator Dianne Feinstein was the person who wanted the investigation to take place when things just don’t add up or make sense. Daniel Jones was then the man that was brought into lead the investigation which was certainly not an easy task at all. The CIA went to extreme lengths to keep the truth hidden by destroying evidence and to hide the shocking secrets from the American public.

The 9/11 tragedy hit the world and shook it to its core, even so that doesn’t really excuse the brutal torture and methods used in an attempt to get information especially when they did not gain any information at all. The knee jerk reaction was probably meant from the CIA to prevent anymore attacks within America, but that certainly was not done in the best possible way as the fear took hold and the decisions made were not really thought through by the people who had the final say.

As part of his investigation Jones was not permitted to speak to anyone from the CIA and could only use the computers and emails to work through. With the emails it was clear that plenty of evidence in that sense still remained. It took five years to put the torture report together and it shows just how engrossed in finding the truth Jones became with 6700 pages making up the report!

I thought Adam Driver was absolutely outstanding in this film and really showed just how powerful he is as an actor and that is something that I enjoyed the most. He was very passionate and captured an amazing sense of reality within the tough role. I have seriously never seen Annette Bening put in a bad performance and the scenes the pair exchanged were also very powerful, she was brilliant as Feinstein and brought so much more to the film. Jon Hamm was in a smaller role but again very impressive, something that is essential in this type of film is having an amazing core of performances  and it certainly has that.

It is a tough watch at times and very hard hitting with some rather graphic torture scenes, more towards the start. To set the scene on what actually went on and how this impacted the people who were working at the different sites. How different people were suddenly brought in and a shift in behaviour happened. It seemed a very strange time to be watching this film considering the recent London Bridge terror attack which left two people dead from someone who had previously been charged and in prison for terror related crimes.

Everyone wants to be protected but in certain ways right? It creates some very interesting things to think about in terms of terror, as surely if everyone is scared of something happening all of the time they have won?

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