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Solid Thriller, Confusing at Times

  • Jun 3, 2009
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Premise: Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Neal McDonough (did not catch the character's name) are FBI agents who are investigating several suicide bombings around the world. Their main suspect, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle)- an American citizen, seems to be clearly connected to the extremist group claiming responsibility for the bombings. As Samir masterfully evades the agents, Clayton comes to realize that everything is not as it seems and evidence is not as clear-cut as he first believed it to be. (I don't think I can say much more without giving away the whole movie)

My main gripe with the 'Traitor' was the muddled beginning, - it was not very clear what was going on, who was doing what. Once I got past the first 10-15 minutes (and they dragged on), I found the movie to be quite interesting. Suicide bombings and extremist Islamic groups have become popular topics in recent years, but 'Traitor' does a great job at delving further into the operations of a terrorist group, and the thought process of a suicide bomber. I am not an expert and cannot judge the accuracy of the movie, but I feel that the 'Traitor' gave be a better understanding of how such groups may work. Furthermore, I think the director and writer of 'Traitor' took the dangerous step of creating characters who are terrorists, but whom many people will sympathize with. Normally, terrorists are bad guys with no ifs and buts about it; in 'Traitor', some terrorists are deeply religious individuals whose faith is used against them.

I found 'Traitor' to be a very enjoyable and insightful movie, but I agree with other reviews in that the PG-13 rating is not appropriate.

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June 03, 2009
Yes, I was completely lost in the beginning, so it's good that it picked up when it did. No, have not read his book, had no idea he writes too!
June 03, 2009
This movie was super confusing at the beginning. But just like you, once I got past the initial confusion, I really like the plot and the twist. I also really enjoy Don Cheadle movies. He is a fabulous actor. Have your read his book, Not on our Watch?
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Traitor is a 2008 American spy thriller film, based on an idea by Steve Martin who is also an executive producer. Written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the film stars Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce.

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Movies, Drama Movies, Thriller Movies, Islam, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Guy Pearce Movies, Neal Mcdonough


Genre: Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 27 August 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Steve Martin
Runtime: 114 min
Studio: Overture Films
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