‘THE REPORT’: A BRIGHT AND CLASSIC THRILLER ON THE CORRUPTION OF THE CIA
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has finally dared to make the leap to the address with the great ‘The Report.
Based on real events. The film tells the story of Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), the principal investigator of the study that the United States Senate conducted in the “Interrogation and Detention” program of the CIA, and of which his immoral and ineffective brutality. Once the truth was discovered and with the support of Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening), Jones would do everything possible to make known to the whole world what many tried to keep secret at all costs.
After years of learning from master Steven Soderbergh (for whom he has written four of his latest films: ‘The snitch !,’ Contagion ‘,’ Side effects’ and the recent ‘The Laundromat: dirty money’), screenwriter Scott Z. Burns has finally been encouraged to make the leap to the address with the great ‘The Report’. After being one of the sensations of the Sundance Festival in January and getting Amazon Studios to disburse the extraordinary figure of 14 million dollars for its worldwide distribution rights, the film has reactivated its promotional campaign to reinforce its testimonial step by the cinemas before arriving at the streaming platform and, above all, presenting their credentials for the next awards season.
The exciting political thriller achieves the mission (almost) impossible to adapt to the cinema a famous report of almost 7,000 pages that the researcher Daniel J. Jones wrote about the controversial techniques of torture applied by the CIA after the attacks of September 11, 2001 With a cerebral style, an unquestionable rigor and a more than effective rhythm, the proposal recalls ‘Spotlight’, replacing the anguish that aroused in the viewer that the Church pretended that she did not know the existence of hundreds of cases of sexual abuse of children for the outrage that caused, first, the savage acts of torture committed by the CIA and, second, the attempts of the government agency itself and even the government to prevent the scandal from coming to light. Burns’ film could also be compared to the most recent ‘The vice of power’, but while Adam McKay’s satire carried the weight of the director’s biting, artifice and bravado, in this other portrait of the weavings of the most powerful organizations in America, what matters most to ‘The Report’ is to create an accurate, rabid and intense story that, however, never feels the need to fall into drama or fireworks.
Present in almost every scene of the film, Adam Driver resubmits his candidacy to be named as the best actor of his generation with an interpretation in the antipodes of his (wonderful) work in the ‘Story of a marriage’ by Noah Baumbach . At Burns’ orders, he composed his first starring role with a star profile, a character who in the 90s would have fallen into the hands of actors like Tom Hank or Tom Cruise. It is a measured interpretation that hides passion for the five years of his life that he dedicates to research and a deep indignation at the attitude of his government. In the hands of Driver, Jones is not another Edward Snowden: the investigator wants to bring about the change from within and with the support of the authorities he still trusts. Next to it also shines a remarkable Annette Bening who forgets about her characteristic deities to give life to the Democratic senator who supports, sometimes with reservations, the complex investigation. It would be the fifth nomination for the protagonist of ‘American Beauty’, although that sobriety may be her biggest obstacle to getting her long-awaited first Oscar.
‘The Report’ is a major work that rewards everyone who gets carried away by his addictive investigation and his even more dangerous fight so that the truth comes to light. Burns seems to have looked at the cinema of the 70s, sacrificing the emotional factor in favor of rigor, to build an exciting thriller that recalls better times.
Adam Driver as Daniel Jones
Annette Bening as Dianne Feinstein
Jon Hamm as Denis McDonough
Jennifer Morrison as Caroline Krass
Tim Blake Nelson as Raymond Nathan
Ben McKenzie as a CIA officer refined
Jake Silbermann as a United CIA officer
Matthew Rhys as a New York Times reporter
Ted Levine as John Brennan
Michael C. Hall as Thomas Eastman
Maura Tierney as Bernadette
Dominic Fumusa as George Tenet
Noah Bean as Martin Heinrich
Douglas Hodge as Dr. James Mitchell
Corey Stoll as Cyrus Clifford
T. Ryder Smith as Bruce Jessen
Fajer Kaisi as Ali Soufan
Linda Powell as Marcy Morris
John Rothman as Sheldon Whitehouse
Joanne Tucker as Gretchen
Ian Blackman as Cofer Black