Run time: 120 mins
How do you engage, never mind excite, an audience with reams of classified documents, and dialogue delivered by men in identical grey suits? Easy, you cast Adam Driver.
Driver is Daniel Jones, the real-life Senate investigator charged with filing a report on the CIA’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on suspected terrorists after 9/11. The (Torture) Report took Jones and his team six years to complete. And boy, do you feel the grinding, painstaking effort of the job in every minute of this potent political thriller.
Annette Bening plays Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate’s select committee on intelligence; Jon Hamm is Denis McDonough, the Obama chief of staff who is deeply uneasy about the report, being employed by a drone-enthusiast administration keen to work with the CIA; and Douglas Hodge plays the US air force psychologist James Mitchell, credited with inventing the Torture 2.0 techniques for the CIA.
A sturdy political thriller in the mold of All the President’s Men and Three Days of the Condor, The Report is about the hunt for truth, and the moment-to-moment investigative fervor of it. Utterly gripping from start to finish. (Jack Whiting)