The Report

Amazon Prime's new show attempts to dramatize the "enhanced interrogations" that took place under President George W. Bush as well as the Obama administration's failure to hold anybody to account.


"You have to make this work! It's only legal if it works!" yells a CIA functionary overseeing the torture of prisoners in overseas black sites. It seems unlikely that an actual CIA leader would yell something so on-the-nose, but this is The Report, Amazon Prime's attempt to dramatize not just the "enhanced interrogations" that took place under President George W. Bush but the concealment of these tactics by the CIA (from Congress and Bush himself), the fight by the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate what happened, and ultimately the Obama administration's failure to hold anybody to account.

The name of the movie is actually The Torture Report, but the word torture is cleverly redacted. The torture is not redacted from the film, though; it's re-enacted in vivid flashbacks. The protagonist—Senate investigator Daniel Jones, portrayed by Adam Driver—attempts to determine what happened at these CIA sites, why, and what laws might have been broken.

That's just half the movie. The other half is the intense struggle to get any of the information into the hands of the public. We see how the CIA attempted to block the report's release and even engaged in illegal surveillance against Senate staff, then accused the staffers of hacking into the computer system of America's spy agency.

The Report ends on the dour real-world reminder that there's been no real punishment of the people involved in the decision to torture detainees—or even for the CIA staff who illegally snooped on Jones' work.

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  1. I’m going to be honest, I really really am not going to watch a show that in all likelyhood makes Dianne Feinstein look like an honest broker or good guy in anyway. I do think Adam Driver is good though.

    1. I’ll wait for the movie about Obama’s Disposition Matrix before I believe any of the people who care about this movie are anything more than partisan hacks.

    2. Keep in mind that Feinstein had an easy answer for for Edward Snowden’s revelation that the NSA was doing all kinds of illegal spying – just pass a law that says anything the NSA does is ipso facto legal, and you’ll never again have to worry they might be doing something illegal.

      1. her office was spied on by the Obama Administration for political reasons in that they had different positions on Israel and she sat by and did nothing.

  2. Who plays Gina Haspel? And do they show her being punished for her part in the affair by being appointed to head the CIA by Donald Trump, a punishment John Brennan wholeheartedly endorsed?

  3. The first part sounds like a long due exposition of the trampling of out liberties during the dark Chimpy McHitler era. The second part is just racist.

  4. There was no punishment from Obama because he probably continued the practice. Just not as widespread and without a paper trail.

    Plus he had a Disposition Matrix to murder whoever the fuck he wanted to.

    1. Presidential candidates like to talk tough, but when they get the seat they realize the next guy could do the same to them.

      1. I love spending my time on graz sex instead of watching movies like this

  5. why is Adam Driver’s haircut from 1977 if this is a Bush hit piece?

  6. I’ll forever see John Hamm as Larry David, Jr. from now on and not respect him in any dramatic role.

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