The Report (2019)
This film by Scott Z. Burns is a studious, discursive account of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA's use of the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" on prisoners following the September 11 attacks in 2001. Burns tries somewhat half-heartedly to create a stylistic framework in the mould of Alan Pakula's 1970s "paranoia trilogy" (Klute, The Parallax View, All the President's Men) for his otherwise rather academic film, which to some degree works. When Adam Driver is led into the CIA basement from which he is to conduct his work, we feel the clammy, controlling hands of bureaucracy and the corridors of power smothering him. This a world where there are no winners, but where everyone is scared stiff of losing. The Report feels important, and it is well acted, especially by Driver and Annette Bening.