There’s the usage of greyish blue in The Report and you can automatically sense that this film in its noir format has a tone of its own. Dated in the year 2002-2003 it takes us back to the haunted days in the US; after the horrendous 9/11 attack, the family of the suspect, Osama Bin Laden was safely boarded in a plane to Saudi Arabia; usually in any cinematic or real criminal cases, (in this case terror attack) the family of the main accused were safely deported from the country, while the rest of the Muslims in the US faced detention torture, which led to another controversy.
There’s an investigation on why the CIA destroyed the videotapes, and that is where our story starts. It is vital to remember that when the CIA is accused of murder and corporeal punishment, such allegations need enough basis, something more than written records and witnesses. Individually, as a film, The Report remains a brave attempt that’s criticising the US government under the reign of former President George W Bush. Diplomatically, it couldn’t have released at a better time, when the former President is longer in a condition to filing defamation suit, and both the Republicans and Democrats under the reign of President Donald Trump has more things to worry about right now; the impeachment of Donald Trump for his involvement in the Ukrainian snooping, is still a large matter of discussion that has stirred the USA.
Although the protagonist Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) gets emotionally involved in solving this case, when he learns that non-terrorist Muslims were mentally and physically put in their worst state, Director Scott Z Burns manages to keep the viewers slightly uninvolved with his emotions and let the thrill of the film take its own course. The several General Trivia about the case on the left side of the screen manages to keep us more involved with the film.
According to The Report, the idea of detention torture of Muslims came from a psychologist who had no experience in interrogating with terrorists and yet was called on board by CIA. (If this is true then well done CIA, why didn’t you just hire interns and send them to Afghanistan, Pakistan to find out where Osama was residing, maybe he would have been killed way before Obama started his operation to execute the terrorist mastermind.)
There’s a Senator who doesn’t question reports, feedbacks on receiving them when the CIA comes and informs her about the success of their operation. It doesn’t even click in her mind to evaluate the answers and find an answer to the method herself, instead of blindly believing the CIA. Even the general public in India do not believe the police reports, words of the minister so blindly. It only makes you question how the USA, which claims to be one of the superpower countries at every G7 meetings, fail to look into such serious issues of Human Rights Violence.
The Report documents at least 20 of the most frequent and purported examples of counter-terrorism that the CIA has used to the use of its enhanced interrogation technique and found them to be wrong. The Report’s central findings were the CIA management and operation of its Detention and Interrogation Program was deeply flawed throughout the program’s duration particularly in 2002 and early 2003. The CIA rarely reprimanded or held personnel accountable for serious and significant violations, inappropriate activities, and systematic individual management failures.
Upon the release of the executive summary, findings and conclusion of The Report, many news outlets started calling it The Torture Report, wherein the headline itself they reflected the brutal nature of the investigation.
With all the facts gathered in the film, it only makes you question what makes Americans think that the USA is a superpower and why doesn’t the US government publicly apologise to the Muslim countries each year as Germany does to Poland for the birth of Nazi. This program happened after safely returning members of Bin Laden’s family to Saudi Arabia.
The Report urges you to break the façade built by Americans about the USA. That’s the same country where recession had hit, so even if it claims to be economically a superpower, there are films such as The Report which only makes you question the authorities of the US.
The presence of Michael C Hall, who gained fame for the television serial Dexter gives us a secret hope that maybe he is officially a part of CIA only to secretly murder the terrorists, and satisfy his murderous instincts. Or in this case, murder those who claim to be interrogating the terrorists.
Ratings: 3/5 stars