Traitor (2008)

Dir. Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, etc.
7/10

Not a great film, but I think I could recommend this to most every idiot here. This would definitely satisfy you if you’re just looking for something to see at the theaters.

**
The comments that drew my attention to the film dealt with this film becoming popular with a wider audience because of complex characters and the way the film exists in gray areas of moral issues. That remark is justified. The film is about a ex-U.S. military man, Samir Horn (Cheadle) who is working with a Muslim terrorist organization. Horn’s Sudanese father died in a car bomb and later raised by his mother in the U.S. Horn’s father raised him to be a devout Muslim, and Horn joins up with a Muslim extremists after working with some of them in Afghanistan in the 80s. FBI agent Clayton (Pearce) is trying to catch Horn.

***
(spoiler)

The Kingdom, a film about an FBI forensics team that goes to Saudi Arabia to solve a crime, was a bad movie, but there was one redeeming feature about it: it brought a sympathetic Muslim character to an audience that might have a negative view of all Muslims. The film might have been one of the few things that caused some to re-think their view of Muslims. Traitor does a similar thing, although the movie is a better and more complex. The audience sees that Horn actually fights against the terrorists because of his Islamic faith.
Before the final act of the film, I knew my ultimate judgment of the film rode on the resolution of the final act. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people could figure out the ending, but I didn’t. I thought that Horn somehow did something to the explosives to make them defective. Larri whispered that the terrorists would be on the same bus, but I thought she meant a few of them, not all. I thought it was pretty cool that Horn put them all on one bus. (I’m not sure how he got all of their identities; the bus driver was also an innocent victim.)

  1. No Comments

You can add images to your comment by clicking here.