Review: The Report
Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his superior, Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program created in the aftermath of 9/11. After his horrifying findings, he works to get the report available to the public but faces several obstacles.
Right off the bat, Amazon did an absolute shit job of marketing this film. It had so much buzz after Sundance and they gave it a limited release before dropping it on Amazon Prime for their subscribers. Yes, Netflix does the same thing, but Netflix also has more than double the subscribers. This should've gotten a bigger theatrical push.
I feel so strongly about this because The Report is a great film. It has a talented supporting cast lead by Driver and Bening who both give wonderful performances. I watched this the day after I saw Official Secrets, another similar film that also lacked the publicity it deserved.
This isn't an easy watch. It makes us revisit a lot of the awful torture techniques used by the U.S during the Iraq war. It brought back memories of all the debates I had about this in high school. How my school eventually had to start banning websites from our library that showed those photos. Thankfully it's only the beginning of the film, but it's such an ugly part of history. It's hard to watch people have such a disregard for human life, regardless of the circumstances. The film doesn't sugar coat that, and even though the film is critical of what happened, they also give the "other side" time to explain why everything went down the way it did.
Another thing I appreciated a lot in this film aside from the acting is the structure. Sure, they drench the flashbacks in a sepia hue, but they're always very clear on the time line. It's helpful for a film that has to jump around.
I hope enough people see this. I re-signed up for Prime temporarily just so I could watch this, Fleabag, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. But I hope Amazon does a better job theatrically next time they get a film like this. Late Night got a wide release. This should have as well.
Memorable Quote: "I hope you took your strong pills today - Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening)