This film is a suspenseful drama that looks into the world of espionage and the so-called war on terror with the view as advertised on the DVD jacket "the truth is complicated." Cheadle plays a Sudanese born US Army vet trained in explosives who is seemingly working with Islamic terrorists... though who he is actually working with is not as it seems - even to himself. There's a message in this film that the ends don't justify the means, and the characters are led to question whether it's right or just to kill for a cause just because you believe you are the good guys. Cheadle does an excellent job playing this troubled character, while Guy Pearce is the FBI agent who is pursuing him. One interesting thing depicted in the film is how intelligence operations are complex and that terror groups are often being steered by government agents/informants, who in some cases lead what can be considered false flag terror - and the public reports about the events are based on disinfo created by government intelligence operatives. This film encourages us to look deeper at what's going on and question anyone who believes they are killing or sacrificing lives for a god-sanctioned agenda. The only weakness I found in the film was that there are a few loose ends in the film that don't get explained... but that's like real life where we can't find out everything.
This movie was a good suspenseful film, but I didn't get the point. The chase, the suspense was built really well. But why? What was the director really trying to say? The message passed me by. Was this an inside view of terroism? A double agent? A man reacting to the horrible death of his father and a revenge movie? I just can't find the key, nothing I come up with makes sense, or fits all the pieces together. This film had a ton of 24 feel to it. Don Cheadle is not Keifer … more
Don Cheadle stars as former U.S. Special Ops Officer Samir Horn and Guy Pearce plays the FBI agent hot on his trail in "Traitor." The film opens with Horn as a child in Sudan learning his Muslim faith from his father. Then we see Horn witness his father's death via a car bomb. Hurtle forward into modern times and we find Samir trying to cut a deal with Muslim terrorists. He is captured in a raid in Yemen and soon finds himself offered assistance by the FBI in return for crucial … more
Weren't we past this? I really thought we were. When are people going to get past this whole "black bar" issue? Growing up as a fan of widescreen was not easy for me. Having to deal with VHS, for many years I couldn't watch movies any other way except for the 1.33:1 aspect ratio (full screen), when some of my favorite films were filmed in 2.35:1 (cinemascope). Then DVD came along, as well as some informative sites, and widescreen was finally getting some much needed attention. Now we live in the … more
"The truth is complicated," says the tagline to this latest Don Cheadle film. Too right it's complicated, especially in a movie like this, where the line between good and evil, right or wrong, is not so much a line as it is more of just... Cheadle plays Samir, a man who was born in Sudan. In 1978 his father, a devout Muslim, was blown up in a car-bomb attack. Shortly thereafter Samir moves to the USA and is raised by his American mother. He then goes for a career … more
An action film rich with politics, espionage, and complicated characters,Traitoris an engrossing film in which the lines between right and wrong are anything but clear and the threats of terrorism and conspiracy across the globe seem startlingly real. Sadim Horn (Don Cheadle) is a devout Muslim, once trained and employed in engineering and explosives by American Special Forces, who has chosen to settle in Afghanistan. FBI agents Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Archer (Neal McDonough) begin investigating an uncooperative Sadim in an Afghanistan prison because of his connections with terrorist Omar (Saїd Taghmaoui) and, as events unfold, uncover ties between Sadim and several international bombing incidents. As agents Clayton and Archer follow Sadim around the world, Sadim's dedication to his faith becomes abundantly clear, as does his involvement in an international bombing conspiracy. What's less than clear in all the contradictory evidence is the nature of Sadim's role in the conspiracy--specifically, which side he's really fighting for.Traitoris an action-packed, suspenseful film with strong acting talent and a disturbingly real message. Bonus features include audio commentary by director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Cheadle, an "Action!" featurette about the film's stunts and special effects, and a look at the production's exotic filming locations.--Tami Horiuchi