The Report (2019)

This dramatization of the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (later revealed to be state-sanctioned torture by the American government) is one of the best examples of its kind. Reminiscent of other expose dramas like 1976’s “All the President’s Men” and 2015’s “Spotlight,” “The Report” manages to turn the intricacies of bureaucratic red tape into an impressively compelling thriller that’s blessed with a number of terrific performances. Adam Driver is totally believable as Daniel Jones, who leads the investigation at the peril of his own personal health and social life, and Annette Bening commands the screen as Senator Dianne Feinstein thanks to a deliberate, striking speech cadence that makes every word count. Along with excellent character actors in remarkable performances across the board (like Maura Tierney, Ted Levine and Tim Blake Nelson, among others) and a complicated-but-easy-to-follow screenplay that confidently makes its bipartisan thesis clear without pandering, it’s the sort of political saga that policy wonks will gobble up.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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