The Report - CIA torture exposed
Written & directed by Scott Z Burns
Starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney & Jon Hamm
The Report is based on the real-life work of US Senate staffer Daniel Jones, who led the investigation into the CIA’s international torture program that followed the World Trade Centre attacks.
Jones spent many years working in a special facility in the basement of a CIA building reading millions of CIA documents in order to compile the 6700-page Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee Report of the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program – commonly known as The Torture Report.
The Torture Report showed that the CIA had broken innumerable laws and tortured people to death all for no result. The methods they used simply compelled the victims to lie to end the pain.
However, the two psychologists who sold the methodology to the CIA, who were hired as “consultants”, got paid $80 million for their handiwork.
Little wonder the CIA worked desperately to prevent The Report from being published. The political manoeuvres around that provide the film's dramatic tension.
That these CIA manoeuvres occurred under the Obama administration is not examined closely.
However, it is a tribute to the writer/director Scott Burns that a story about a man who literally spent years in a windowless room in front of a computer can be so compelling. The fact that what is on screen is based on true events really cuts deep.