The most controversial response to 9/11 by the U.S. government (this side of invading Iraq, anyway) was the use of torture and waterboarding to gather information. The Report is the latest Awards Season contender from Amazon Studios (based on actual events) that dramatizes the process that led to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture during the initial years of the War on Terror.
It’s the feature film directorial debut of screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, a favorite of producer Steven Soderbergh; Burns penned the director’s films The Informant!, Side Effects, and Contagian. Based on this first trailer, Burns has learned well at the feet of Soderbergh, fusing the examination of a complex issue into a nail-biting political thriller.
The Report stars Adam Driver as Daniel Jones, the Congressional staffer tasked by Senator Diane Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead the investigation into possible government cover-up, corruption, and illegality. Jon Hamm also stars as Democrat operative and foreign policy expert Denis McDonough.
With a stellar ensemble that also includes Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Levine, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney, Sarah Goldberg, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Jennifer Morrison, Linda Powell, and Matthew Rhys, The Report opens in theaters on November 15, 2019 before it’s made available on Amazon Prime Video on November 29th.
This will mark the first time that Amazon foregoes a normal three-month theatrical exclusive window, which may limit the theatrical release of The Report to smaller movie chains and independent theaters.
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