The Report

The Report ★★★

"We did things the Nazis did, and you expect us to just cover it all up?"

Far less dry and dull than what I was led to believe. It's also far less disturbing to witness this 7,000 page factual report adapted into a procedural political investigation, compared to what I've heard from some. There are plenty of torture scenes, but none are grizzly or anywhere near unbearable because it's nothing we don't already know: like with most proclaimed disgusting cinema, I viewed while eating. Then again, it probably also aids in easing the revelations and truths revealed and dissected through this umpteenth exposé on American politics and government, having already been extremely privy and fully supporting most if not all the accusations presented. There's nothing stated here that any well-read individual of the subject matter wouldn't already know. That said, The Report does succeed in giving a nicely wrapped synopsis for the roughly one decade it covers. The fact that I was not bored throughout is a testament to my boy, Adam Driver's intense leading power as well as the smooth editing and direction from relatively new *director, Scott Z. Burns. I feel like casting was handled really well, primarily for the more unknown actors who nailed their incredibly annoying political/contractor roles. The two psychologists in charge of the whole flawed tortu- I mean, "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" were  perfectly cast to make me want to punch them repeatedly in the mouths. We also got another continued entry into the Adam Driver being unsuccessful with lawyers and Matthew Rhys being a cynical journalist universe. 

If there's one thing I can offer as a caveat to any future viewer, is that it immensely helps to know at least the basics of the material and persons of interest. The Report doesn't hold your hand, nor does it dwell on informing you about who is who and exactly how they're related, entangled, leaning, corrupted, etc. So keep up. It's a film certainly focused on appealing to the demographics that more than likely read up on global/national events and read or listen to the news at least once a week. There's nothing innovative or original to the storytelling nor direction, but it gets the job done efficiently. If the Watergate/JFK Assassination/whistleblower /Snowden-esque curated type of critique analysis and narrative don't intrigue you, I wouldn't really recommend the film. Long story short, American government is corrupt, the entire system is drastically flawed and will never be fixed, politics is all a pass the blame game and dick measuring contest, Cheney did 9/11, CIA always lies and knows everything about you, the truth being reported doesn't change anything, and war never changes. 

PS - Another entry into the Adam Driver playing me in the future Whiplash/Editor Kern psychological thriller. My mans had to cut down a 7,000 page report to 500.

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