Terrorist Spy Thriller
Release Date: August 27, 2008
Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff
Daniels, Neal McDonough, Aly
Khan, and Said Taghmaoui.
Genre: Spy Thriller
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 113 minutes
Distributor: Overture Films
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Executive Producer: Steve Martin, Arlene Gibs, and
Producer: David Hoberman, Todd
Lieberman, Don Cheadle,
Writer: Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Steve
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(Starz Entertainment, Overture Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment)
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The emotional core of the movie is Samir, a devout Muslim, who is attempting to unravel “God’s will” for himself. FBI agent Roy is the son of a Baptist minister who at one time pursued being a pastor himself, but discovered Arabic studies in college and changed his major. Since both men are “spiritual,” the movie ties them together. It’s never overt, though it seems that Roy may be more sympathetic to Islam than to being a Baptist.
TRAITOR has lots of action and a fun plot, but it moves slowly at times. Guy Pearce as the pursuer and Don Cheadle as the pursued give fine performances. As far as espionage genre movies go, this movie is very good.
There is strong violence, typical of spy movies, but other negative elements are minimized or non-existent.
Much of the dialogue by the terrorists and Samir centers around if Islam is simply a good religion that seeks no harm or if it is an Allah ordained instrument of killing “infidels.” The movie presents no conclusion because it’s filled with very sincere people (though sincerely wrong) on both sides. It has a strong moral streak, however, because it never justifies the terrorists and laments the killing of even one person. At no time do the filmmakers want viewers to root for the terrorists.
As an action spy movie, TRATOR is enjoyable, but media-wise viewers will want to exercise caution and discernment and perhaps even use the movie as an opportunity to discuss spiritual things.
TRAITOR is an enjoyable spy thriller. Much of the dialogue centers on if Islam is simply a good religion that seeks no harm or if it is an Allah ordained instrument of killing “infidels.” The movie gives no conclusion because it’s filled with very sincere (though sincerely wrong) people on both sides. It has a strong moral streak, however, because it never justifies the terrorists and laments the killing of even one person. Even so, there is some foul language and strong violence.