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The Report

Scott Z. Burns

Historical/Period, Political, War

EnglishUSA2019119 min

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Overview

This smart political thriller has drawn numerous comparisons to All the President's Men, but writer/director Scott Z. Burns tackles a relatively recent period of American history—the early days of the Obama administration—that nevertheless feels much longer ago than a decade.


In March 2009, the Senate Intelligence Committee votes to open an investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program and its use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the wake of 9/11. Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is appointed as the lead investigator under the supervision of Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening), and as he pores over millions of pieces of evidence, he’s increasingly appalled as to not only the torture being inflicted on U.S. prisoners but its ultimate ineffectiveness.


The excellent ensemble cast includes Jon Hamm as an administration official determined to keep Jones’s report from seeing the light of day as well as Maura Tierney, Michael C. Hall, and Tim Blake Nelson, all of whom handle the dense and provocative script with aplomb.


Sponsored by Silva Insurance, Ballard Spahr

Producer: Scott Z. Burns, Jennifer Fox, Danny Gabai, Eddy Moretti | Editor: Greg O'Bryant | Cinematographer: Eigil Bryld | Screenwriter: Scott Z. Burns
Cast: Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Annette Bening, Michael C. Hall, Linda Powell