Report on ‘The Report’

(Above: Annette Benning, Adam Driver and Jon Hamm star in ‘The Report’)

The Report, opening in movie theaters this Friday before arriving on Amazon Prime November 29, is a riveting and harrowing (dare we say torturous?) political thriller about the US Senate’s actual investigation into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture operations and subsequent cover-up.

Adam Driver plays real-life wonky investigator Daniel Jones, who works for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), played by Annette Benning, in the not-so-distant days when Democrats controlled the Senate and Feinstein chaired its Intelligence Committee.

Over some seven years, as Jones diligently and obsessively uncovers the truth about the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, he battles forces – both foes and allies – working to bury the truth. Among them: Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, played by Jon Hamm.

Finally, as Republicans are about to take over the Senate again, the clock is running out on Jones’ report ever becoming public…

No spoiler here, since it’s history, but some readers may remember that the truth did come out. Indeed, you can buy The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture in either print or audio versions at Amazon’s extensive site for the movie, The site also includes reams of free material, which we suspect would make Daniel Jones very happy.

But the movie’s the big thing, with Jones telling a recent New York screening presented by the Forum on Life, Culture and Society, that The Report will be “bringing this story to a much larger audience than the Senate report did.”

At the same screening, writer/director Scott Z Burns noted that a “crisis of accountability…still exists.” For example, current CIA Director Gina Haspel was confirmed by the Senate despite her involvement with the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” and the destruction of videotape evidence during the George W. Bush administration.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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