Islam has been portrayed in many films with the War on Terrorism. Traitor embraces a We Were Soldiers approach to a very sensitive subject and shows both sides caught up in terrible misfortune and belief. Traitor shows both sides of the coin.
Samir Horn (Don Cheadle), a very devout Muslim with a very jaded past, befriends a group of Islamic Terrorists that are willing to die to make a statement. Samir is a very capable and educated man that after witnessing his father die in a car bombing-joins the military and Special Forces to regain a sense of control-soon to lose it in the proximity of his new brotherhood…the Jihad.
Fluent in Arabic, trained in explosives, and mingling with the wrong men put Samir on the wanted list of FBI agents as he becomes a threat to US soil. Bomb after bomb explodes and FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) is determined to get to the bottom of things!
Religions, Politics, and Culture Clash and in the midst of it-all trust is shattered to ultimately pose the question of who’s right and who’s wrong-who’s the bad guy?
Many statements and themes are boldly depicted and questioned through the power of this film and some of those strong points were:
Innocence is target for manipulation
What is worth dying for?
Being from the Middle East does not make you a bad person!
They broke the Stereotype of suicide bombers
One of the first times I have seen an Islamic “Hero” depicted in a Hollywood film
Fear: Where is one safe in the world…eerie feeling of unsettledness
So, the movie is a bit slow at times, but I never lost my interest! I was a bit disappointed that the trailer reveals a plot twist, but rest assured-there’s another twist that well impresses!
Reviewed by: Josh Bowlin.
Rating: M – Contains Violence & Offensive Language.
Duration: 114 mins.
Genre: Drama, Thriller.
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
Actors: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough.
Release Date: Now Showing.