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The truth is complicated

  • Mar 3, 2009
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Samir Horn: The truth is complicated

This movie is the brainchild of Steve Martin, who switches comedy for more serious fare as executive producer of this gripping spy thriller that goes behind the scenes of a terrorist organization known as the Islamic Brotherhood.

As intense as he was in Hotel Rwanda, Don Cheadle gives a first-rate performance as Samir Horn, an explosives expert trained by the US Army Special Forces, who becomes deeply involved with the group. Cheadle plays a devout Muslim and his character battles personal conflicts and principles all the way through the movie.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS)

1. It all begins with a car bomb
2. Flash forward to an arms deal gone wrong and a one-way ticket to a prison in Yemen.
3. Horn falls in with the people who know how to get out of jail free
4. His new friends are trying to get the monopoly on terror
5. He joins them and starts having a blast, but with serious misgivings, and for good reason.
6. Guy Pearce plays the FBI Special Agent who gets wind of Horn's activities
7. Explosive ending

Samir Horn: You know that the Qu'ran says that if you kill an innocent person it's as if you've killed all mankind?

Amanda Richards, March 3, 2009

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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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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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