review by Bobby Blakey
I love the rash of movies and TV series coming out the last few years focusing on all the news and political insiders like VICE, The Post and The Loudest Voice. The latest, The Report brings yet another great cast together including Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney and Jon Hamm. Could this film bring light to the truth or will it fail to inform the public of the information?
The Report is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.
It comes as no surprise that there are so many movies regarding government and sex scandals are on the rise. While it is a sad state that any of these things happened in the first place often times these are the only way most people ever hear the stories. It’s likely no surprise that this is a slow paced film by design as it works toward building the tension of the discovery. There isn’t anything here overly exciting in relation to new found info or anything, but instead an inside look at all the nonsense that goes on with things like this. No matter how many times you see something like this in a film or story it is still infuriating knowing all the shady things happening.
Adam Driver is great taking on another role to showcase his real talents. Sure this isn’t an overly complex role, but he brings that passion to the mix that makes you believe in what this guy is doing. The supporting cast are all great as well, but it’s the story itself that is the real focus. It is interesting to see how they go through these processes and then the lengths that people try to cover up or discredit things in the name of security no matter how misguided it may be. Of course there is no real way of knowing every element in films like this are accurate since there are always going to be someone that denies, but that doesn’t change the fact it’s an engaging film worth checking out.
Discover the truth and check out The Report streaming now on Amazon Prime and in select theaters.