Traitor movie review: Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) is a former soldier, a devout Moslem, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United Starts to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack.
Big question: Can writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff give Traitor more realism and common sense than the script he co-wrote for The Day After Tomorrow?
Skip it: Traitor glances over its most interesting ideas, like how Samir is driven by his father being killed by terrorists or why some Americans would fear his Muslim garb and prayer rituals. There's a sympathetic, un-biased exploration of anti-American perspectives— Saïd Taghmaoui is excellent as Samir's friend, devoted to both his pal and his violent mission—and some genre excitement to be had, but the plot holes escalate as quickly as the action.
Catch it: To hear agent Carter (Jeff Daniels) demonstrate the firm grip of government-speak: This is a war. You do what it takes to win. We're the good guys. Not cliché. At all.
Bottom line: Even if Traitor is a step in the right direction—away from the on-the-nose dullness of Lions for Lambs or the violent hypocrisy of Rendition—its biggest failure is never allowing Cheadle or the audience to fully understand who Samir really is. He blankly slips through the cracks in a movie about secret information and limited communication that does little to further the conversation about religious disputes or anti-terrorist efforts. Source: Metromix
Box Office: The film opened #5 with $7 million on its opening weekend. As of November 23, the film has grossed $23.5 million in Canada and the United States and $2.2 million in other markets, including $800,000 in Australia, for a total $27.6 million worldwide.
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