A convert to Islam sends the U.S. government a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to detonate in less than a week. Helen Brody, an FBI agent in L.A., is tasked with finding the bombs while a CIA “consultant,” known as H, interrogates the suspect who has allowed himself to be caught.
The suspect, whose wife and children have left him and disappeared, seems to know exactly what the interrogation will entail. Even as H ratchets up the pressure, using torture over Brody’s objection, the suspect doesn’t crack. Should H do the unthinkable, and will Brody acquiesce? Is any Constitutional principle worth possible loss of life?
I thought this movie was pretty decent. When I was looking over other people’s reviews online, I noticed a lot of negative feedback on it, but I’m guessing they were expecting the movie to have a lot more action through it.
The storyline seemed to be okay, but a little dragged out. I thought it was funny to see FBI agents crying over a terrorist getting tortured, because “it’s not humane”. The movie shows the reality of our country and what it became. Samuel L. Jackson even stated a great point about our country’s values made it into our weakness, which I thought was correct.
As for the acting, I didn’t notice any errors, except on how the general wore his uniform. I could make a list of everything wrong with it, but I won’t go into detail over it. The acting seemed to be fine and Samuel L. Jackson played his part well, like with most of his movies. The same thing goes for Carrie-Anne Moss, and Michael Sheen, as well.
If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s worth watching. The only downfall was with it being dragged out. They summed up 6 days into 1.5 hours, and the only real good scenes were the torturing parts and when a building blows up. Other than that, it’s mostly talking and storyline.
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