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The Report offers a detailed examination of government-sanctioned torture following 9/11

JAMIE EAST AT THE MOVIES

THIS dry, procedural drama detailing the US Senate’s investigation into the government-sanctioned torture that occurred following 9/11 is angry, densely detailed and very good indeed.

We join Adam Driver’s Daniel Jones, an ambitious new recruit looking to make headway at the Senate.

Through flashbacks, flash forwards, news reports and narratives of the actual report, we learn how keenly both the CIA and The Whitehouse attempted to hinder and trip up the investigation, even making sure they don’t have enough stationery.

“Paper has a way of getting people in trouble at our place,” Jones is told. “At our place, paper is how we keep track of laws,” is the reply.In an era where people called waterboarding “rehydration” and slideshows of mock burials and torture were classed as “gamechangers”, the fury and ­determination showed by Jones and his boss Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) is understandable.

The film does an impressive job of delivering a bewildering amount of information (the Iraq War, the power struggles between the various agencies, the political bureaucracy) and has the benefit of Driver and Bening on blistering form.

It is restrained, captivating and completely vindicating to all opponents of the Iraq War.

THE REPORT(15) 120mins

★★★★

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