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Senior Citizen Kane: The Report

Scott Z Burns

Highly acclaimed producer and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns returns to the director's chair to helm this absorbing political thriller. Weaving together more than a decade’s worth of real-life political intrigue, Burns offers a clear-eyed account of Daniel J. Jones’s fight to research and publish his damning 525 page report into the CIA’s use of torture post-9/11.

"A clear-eyed account of Daniel J. Jones’s fight..."

Senate staffer Jones (Adam Driver) is assigned to lead an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. Analysing evidence, he learns about the “enhanced interrogation techniques” – proven to be brutal, immoral, and ineffective – adopted by the CIA after 9/11. Some $80 million was spent; 119 detainees were interrogated. When Jones and Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) attempt to release this information, the CIA and White House go to great lengths to prevent the truth from getting out. Hundreds of hours of interrogation recordings were destroyed. What happened? Who is accountable? Faced with one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another, Jones spent half a decade finding out.

Burns deftly chronicles Jones' arduous investigation, presenting flurries of information in a manner that's simultaneously digestible and extremely alarming. Brimming with authenticity, The Report offers us an opportunity and a challenge to examine questions about law and order that don't simply evaporate with the turning of the news cycle.