Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Traitor - Movie Review

Traitor (PG-13) 113 minutes C+
Know Your Enemy
Starring Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough, Archie Panjabi, Alyy Kahn, and Said Taghmaoui

I had no idea what Traitor was about before I walked into the movie theater. I just knew that Don Cheadle was in it and anything he does is usually pretty good. Traitor is a who's zoomin who espionage flick with a touch of Syriana and a hint of Jason Bourne... but not as good.

A good quarter of the film is complete ho-hum genre crap, but it eventually heats up and turns into a good edge-of-your-seat action thriller.

The ending doesn't feel natural and the film is full of holes, but Cheadle is good, as is Guy Pearce. This is recommended for fans of post 9/11, action thriller, and FBI/CIA films. For everyone else- it's a decent popcorn movie with an interesting perspective on Muslims and their faith. I don't know if it's necessarily a good, bad or fair perspective... But it will make you think twice about the people (who they are and what they look like) making sacrifices for their beliefs.

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