Pulled From Actual Events, “The Report” Goes From Strength To Strength

The hypnotic pull of Adam Driver has made him an instant audience favorite, in everything from “Girls” to the Star Wars franchise. But in the upcoming political thriller “The Report”, we see Driver pull us into the darkest of real-life events.

The film is based on the damning report on “enhanced interrogation techniques” — the euphemism that the U.S. government uses for torture — that were used during the war on terror. Not pulling any punches, it’s a brutal look at the country’s recent past. Conceptually, the film was originally going to be something very different, but the material was so compelling and so brutal that it demanded a seriousness and rigor that we see in the final film.

“It’s funny, because initially I had an idea to do The Report as kind of a very dark comedy, and yet it became clear to me, as I started my research, that the story was so upsetting that I wasn’t going to be able to do anything about it in a darkly comic back-to-school kind of way,” director Scott Z. Burns told Deadline. “So that ended up going down a different path.”

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You can see “The Report” in theatres from Nov. 15 and soon on Amazon Prime — and it’s set to be one of the most important films of 2019.