If ever a film about kidnap and torture has been accused of seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses, then Rendition is it. When American housewife Isabella’s Egyptian-born husband, Anwar, disappears from a flight to Washington DC, she comes face-to-face with the dubious government practice of “extraordinary rendition”: flying suspected terrorists to a different country for imprisonment or
brutal interrogation without recourse to any law.
Some have said the film is blighted by its liberalism because the audience is knowingly manipulated into sympathising with Anwar.
However, this misses or misinterprets the one thing that makes Rendition so notable: the insidious implication that the victim may not be as innocent as he appears to be.