The Report

Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, and Adam Driver in The Report (2019)

The Report (2019)

Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns

Adam Driver is hot property at the moment, with Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) still playing in cinemas, Marriage Story (2019) on Netflix and The Report (2019) available on Amazon Prime. He is undoubtedly a powerful screen presence and an actor that’s always worth watching.

In The Report he certainly has his work cut out for him, carrying a film that is both an important story and a complex one but is very ably supported by a fine cast, including Annette Bening, John Hamm, Corey Stoll and Tim Blake Nelson. Driver plays Daniel Jones, an FBI operative, who leads an investigation into the heinous Enhanced Interrogation program, established by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. There are scenes of torture and they’re intense and at times, harrowing but the majority of the film takes place in the sterile, closeted offices of the FBI, CIA and Senator Feinstein. The idealism of Driver’s Daniel Jones turns to frustration and simmering anger as almost everyone attempts to cover up or shut down his investigation.

Based on a true story, I understand Scott Z. Burns wanting to honor the incredible dogged determination of the real life Jones and Adam Driver brings commitment and sincerity to his portrayal, supported by a top notch cast. I love a good political thriller, but I felt throughout the whole film, this piece is just missing the mark and I think it is in the script and editing where the problems lay. At very nearly two hours, this isn’t a really long movie by today’s standards but by the end it felt like much more, which is disappointing in so many ways.

The Report is currently playing on Amazon Prime Australia. An interesting premise and worth watching if just for Adam Driver – but not as good as it could be.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen Hetherington
    Jan 11, 2020 @ 21:45:05

    Crikey Debra, great revue again, I must admit that I’ve not had much time to concentrate on the new releases as you do. Farout ! I am domestically purging and have packed up what’s left of my physical life stuff, and hired a 1.5 tonne van for next Wednesday, sorted for a lone 5 hour drive. My emotional life has been in turmoil, this is not a dream, or a movie, or anything I expected. But I’m doing it with much thought, trust and love.

    Jen Hetherington – 0413871625

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    • Debra Manskey
      Jan 11, 2020 @ 22:02:20

      Oh Jen, this is fantastic news! I’ve been wondering how you were. All the best to you in this tumultuous and wonderful time – I look forward to reading about it sometime in the future ❤ And thank you for kind words about the review. Safe travels next week xx

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