Review - Traitor
December 14th 2009 09:33
Traitor opens in Sudan 1978 and then cuts to Yemen in present day, where we are introduced to Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) and subsequently taken on a journey across the globe to locations including England, Spain, Canada and France. Supported by an excellent cast including Guy Pearce, Said Taghmaoui and Jeff Daniels, the script by writer/director Jeffrey Nachmanoff is in competent hands.
Samir Horn is caught selling explosive devices in Yemen to known terrorists and finds himself hauled off to a desert prison. Enter FBI Agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Max Archer (Neal McDonough) - typical good cop/bad cop - who are heading up an international terrorist investigation and offer Samir a deal, which he subsequently refuses to take. He is a devout Muslim and states early on that "life and death is for God to decide" making it clear that religion is his life and his motivation.
In prison he is taken under the wing of Omar and is advised of a plan to break out of prison. He is given a choice - he can go his own way or join Omar and his team of fundamentalists who are undertaking a mission of their own. He chooses to follow Omar and join their fight with agents Clayton and Archer continuously trying to hunt him down.
This film won't appeal to everyone and there are quite a few holes in the plot that are left uncovered. Don Cheadle carries the lead well in a riveting performance and the tagline of the film "the truth is complicated" captures the essence of the film well.
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