The First Trailer for Amazon’s The Report is Riveting

Well, this looks downright terrific. Amazon Studios has released the first trailer for The Report, a political thriller starring Adam Driver (and a huge, awesome ensemble cast), written and directed by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum, Contagion). This trailer zips right along and manages to be both immensely satisfying and deeply sad, simultaneously. That’s because the titular report refers to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, which was a very dispiriting chapter in American history. Good thing everything’s great now! (deep, depleted sigh.) Driver plays Daniel J. Jones, a young staffer for Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) who’s given the tricky, potentially dangerous assignment of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. The program, created in the aftermath of 9/11, used brutal, illegal tactics like waterboarding to elicit “confessions” from suspected terrorists. Jones ends up revealing these dark secrets, all which were kept from the American public, and maintained by senior government officials who destroyed evidence and broke the law.

The Report premiered at Sundance and, therefore, we already have a sense of how good this film is. Entertainment Weekly‘s Leah Greenblatt writes that the film is a “sobering, supremely well-paced procedural in the vein of Spotlight or The Post that seems designed to induce anger and catharsis in equal measure.” Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman writes that it’s a “large-scale saga of corruption, justice, and overwhelming relevance that’s at once gripping and eye-opening, even if you’re the sort of news junkie who thinks they already know the story.”

The trailer offers a good amount of Driver and some glimpses of the rest of this very good cast, which includes Jon Hamm, Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Matthew Rhys, Corey Stoll, and Sarah Goldberg.

The Report hits in theaters on November 15th and will be available on Amazon Prime Video on November 29th.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Report:

The Report is a riveting political thriller based on actual events. Idealistic staffer Daniel J. Jones (Adam Driver) is tasked by his boss Senator Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening) to lead an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program created in the aftermath of 9/11. Tenacious by nature, he pursues the truth when others would have given up, and his explosive findings uncover a conspiracy by top government officials to destroy evidence, subvert the law, and hide a brutal secret from the American public. The Report is written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and features outstanding performances by a powerful ensemble cast that includes Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Sarah Goldberg, Michael C. Hall, Douglas Hodge, Fajer Kaisi, Ted Levine, Jennifer Morrison, Tim Blake Nelson, Linda Powell, Matthew Rhys, T. Ryder Smith, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney and Jon Hamm.

Featured image: Adam Driver in Amazon’s ‘The Report.’ Photo Credit: Atsushi Nishijima. Courtesy Amazon Studios


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