Rendition tackles political side of torture, says Gyllenhaal
According to the Associated Press, Gyllenhaal states that the film depicts the actions of a US government prepared to torture suspected terrorists on foreign soil as wrong and that it is clear that the practice "does not work".
He added however that the new film, directed by Oscar winning director Gavin Hood, also shows how important extracting information can be in the fight against global terror.
"[The film shows] that you could be torturing one innocent man, but at the same time 5,000 people are alive because of information that the government elicited through rendition," he said.
The film tells the story of a CIA analyst, played by Gyllenhaal, who is forced to oversee the questioning of an Egyptian-born terror suspect who is sent overseas by the US for questioning.
Extraordinary rendition was something that was introduced by the administration of US president Bill Clinton.
It is thought to involve the transfer of prisoners to countries which are known to use severe levels of interrogation, although the US government denies any knowledge of torture in these cases.
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