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'Rendition,' Putting Torture in Context

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'Rendition,' Putting Torture in Context

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'Rendition,' Putting Torture in Context

'Rendition,' Putting Torture in Context

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Omar Metwally (center) runs afoul of the CIA in Rendition. Sam Emerson/New Line Cinema hide caption

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Fresh Air film critic David Edelstein reviews the clunky but stirring melodrama Rendition.

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Reese Witherspoon, Omar Metwally and Meryl Streep. It's about an Egypt-born U.S. resident who gets detained by the CIA and shipped off to be tortured in an unnamed North African country.