A terrorist bomb tragedy is such a hot button plot device in movies right now that it almost seems useless to show another one.

RenditionBut Rendition seems the most dramatically necessary and most exceptional film to use it as a focal event. In an unnamed South African country, a bombing goes off killing civilians and one American diplomat.

A brisk but slipshod investigation leads to the arrest of Anwar, an Egyptian-American scientist (Omar Metwally) who disappears from a flight from Cape Town to Washington. His wife Isabella (Reese Witherspoon), born American, enlists the help of a personal contact she has in the Washington senate to locate her husband.