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Extraordinary Rendition

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Cast: Andy Serkis,Omar Berdouni,Ania Sowinski

Director:Jim Threapleton

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Year: 2007

Rating: Unrated

A suspected terrorist is abducted from the streets of London and transported via secret flights to an unknown country. Held in solitary confinement and cut off from the outside world, he is plunged into a lawless nightmare of detention without trial, interrogation and torture, led by Maro. Returned without explanation to the UK many months later, he is left to pick up the pieces of a shattered life in a world he no longer recognizes.

The story is about how governments all over the world that abduct innocent people and throw unfounded accusations at them. One such innocent person is Zaafir, a London-based teacher who is found brutally beaten at Heathrow Airport in the movie's opening sequence. As he recovers and his girlfriend tries to get him to tell everyone what happened, those events unfold on the screen: we are shown the kidnapping, the container where he is held at first, the plane that takes him somewhere in the Middle East, the terrifying procedures that are used on him while a mysterious interrogator continuously asks the same questions about some criminal Zaafir is supposed to know. If the story sounds like something you have seen or heard about it's because there was a theatrical film that opened after this film was released called "Rendition". Since 9/11 there has been many films that have held with this sort of thing but Director Jim Threapleton who also wrote the story did his research on real cases of abduction and made his story from those. The film is well-told with some performances from it;s lead actors, Omar Berdouni and Andy Serkis. The scenes of torture are as brutal as you are going to see and there's scenes in which you will want to turn away from the screen so for those that have a weak stomach for this kinda thing be warned now. The story is told in flashbacks, letting the viewer see Zaafir's life before,during and after his dramatic ordeal and how he attempts to rebuild his after after coming home. Extraordinary Rendition is a story of fiction but it still manages to get it's point across on the human rights issue. The film has a great ending and it really sends send a powerful message out. This is a film you will talk about for some time. Released by BFS Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****