THE REPORT – thank the Gods for Adam Driver

If it wasn’t for Adam Driver I think Kernel Elie may have fallen asleep in THE REPORT, a political drama looking at the CIA going off book to do whatever it takes to protect their asses from their own secrets. THE REPORT is out now from our friends at Transmission Films. It is rated M and runs for 120mins. It will be releasing onto Amazon Prime this Thursday 29th November also but if you want to catch it at the cinemas it will be screening at the below cinemas.

NSW: Palace Cinemas (Chauvel, Norton St, Central, Byron Bay), Dendy Cinemas (Opera Quays, Newtown), Hayden Orheum Picture Palace CremorneUnited Cinemas Collaroy

VIC: Palace Cinemas (Balwyn, Brighton Bay, Como, Kino), Cinema NovaSun Theatre YarravilleClassic Cinemas ElsternwickLido CinemasCameo BelgraveRegent Cinemas Ballarat

QLD: Dendy Cinemas (Portside, Coorparoo), Palace Cinemas (James St), Cineplex Balmoral

SA: Palace Nova (EastEnd, Prospect), Trak CinemasThe Regal Theatre

ACT: Palace ElectricDendy Canberra

WA: Luna LeedervillePalace Cinemas Paradiso

TAS: Star Theatre Launceston

Enjoy Elie’s review……all the best…..Salty.

The Report Adam Driver
Adam Driver

BY ELIE ELKORR

THE REPORT SYNOPSIS:

THE REPORT is a riveting thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss, Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening), to lead an investigation of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11. Jones’ relentless pursuit of the truth leads to explosive findings that uncover the lengths to which the nation’s top intelligence agency went to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public.

The Report Annette Bening
Annette Bening

ADAM DRIVER IN THE DRIVING SEAT:

THE REPORT is Adam Driver’s film. He is at the heart of everything. Driver has proven once again that he possesses the acting chops to captain the ship of every film he is in. Driver is the perfect casting for a driven character in Daniel J. Jones. There is an abundance of merciless political exposition, and when Driver manages to Speedy Gonzales the political jargon out in one take, you can’t help but applaud the man’s dedication to the role.

At this rate, there is no stopping Driver from becoming one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. His sweltering performance is what keeps THE REPORT afloat amid its bloated script. Driver is portrayed as a relentless working machine with an infinite fuel tank. THE REPORT, however, fails to diverge into the ramifications on taking up such a strenuous task of working in a nuclear-like bunker for five years. A missed opportunity.  

The Report Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm

As for the supporting cast, Annette Bening is by far the best of a dull bunch. Bening’s assured performance is fitting for the role of a tense and agitated U.S. senator amid political turmoil. Jon Hamm is just Jon Hamm in a suit and tie mimicking a stuck-up White House pencil pusher and yes-man. Like the rest of the supporting cast, Hamm’s performance is ordinary at best however in a film brimming with political conversations; a dull performance may be quite suitable for this.

The Report Maura Tierney
Maura Tierney

POLITICAL MEGALOMANIA AND CONTROVERSY :

THE REPORT serves up an intriguing story about CIA political cover-ups and the manipulation of the law surrounding extreme interrogation techniques used against potential terrorist suspects post 9/11. With a run time just shy of 2 hours, THE REPORT is a slow burner that requires much patience. The execution is hit and miss, and the monotonous blast of political chatter will either bore or delight viewers depending on whether you are fascinated in hidden truths.

There are multiple time jumps and when random names and political terms begin to fly everywhere, aligning the jigsaw is confusing. Viewers may start to zone out when there is little breathing room to consume and make sense of the bloated exposition. Make of that what you will, but at points, there is no doubting that THE REPORT will be a tough one to sit through for some viewers.

Even with the barrage of explanation, Adam Driver delivers it with such emphasis and ease that it is a joy to watch. There is an unnerving insight into the brutal ‘interrogation’ tactics used by the CIA. Many viewers within the audience were gasping at the sight and even the description of the torture methods used. THE REPORT does pick up steam in the late second to the third act.

There is a great sense of ambiguity as both parties exchange blows in the final rounds of the heated political debacle. THE REPORT here is at its strongest, transforming into a thought-provoking viewing on the dirty tactics and methodologies used within the political landscape to conceive the truth. The CIA’s egregious misleading and manipulative conduct provides an eye-opening social commentary on the lengths private institutions will go through to cover up their own mess and how it doesn’t always quite go to plan.

The Report Adam Driver
Adam Driver

IN CONCLUSION:

There is a substantial amount of information to absorb within Scott Z. Burns’ THE REPORT. The onslaught of suspects and political exposition will require finer attention from viewers, and to some, it will be a snooze. Capped with a strong performance by Adam Driver, THE REPORT does pick up steam towards the latter stages. There aren’t any glorified ‘Hollywood’ theatrics, and viewers are treated with nuanced confrontations of characters outsmarting each other. THE REPORT offers reflective commentary on injustice and coercions of the truth; however, whether viewers will be invested will depend on their appetite for watching politicians sit and talk for two hours.

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Elie Elkorr is a proud film critic and writer for Salty Popcorn. He is a movie fanatic and also runs his own Twitter page for movie reviews and news @TweetEReviews1. He likes calling out movies when they provide social commentary rather than focusing on actual story and doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it. His views are his own. He is also a Law and Film student on the side and is the heir to being Black Widow’s Boyfriend. 

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