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The War Within (2005)

 -  Drama  -  30 September 2005 (USA)
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A Pakistani involved in a planned attack in New York City experiences a crisis of conscience.

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Hassan
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Sayeed Choudhury
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Duri Choudhury
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Farida S. Choudhury
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Khalid
Varun Sriram ...
Ali S. Choudhury
Anjeli Chapman ...
Rasheeda S. Choudhury
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Gabe
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Mike O'Reilly (as Mike McGlone)
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Abdul
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Naved
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Imam
Wayman Ezell ...
Izzy
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Sayeed Choudhury was born Pakistan but has immigrated to the U.S.A., where he now lives in New York with his wife, Farida; a school-going daughter, Rasheeda; a school-going son, Ali; and unmarried sister, Duri. One morning Farida hears a knock on the door, Ali opens it and there is Sayeed's childhood friend, Hassan, who is welcomed with open arms by the family. Hassan informs them that he is going to be hired soon in the States and he is invited to spend a few days with the Choudhury family. Duri, who has a Caucasian boyfriend, Mike, is also thrilled to meet Hassan and openly shows her attraction to him. Ali also takes an instant liking to Hassan, and is taught the true values of Islam, and when one Muslim hurts, then the pain is felt by Muslims worldwide. Sayeed is quite content with the American way of life and feels secure and comfortable especially when he sees Germans, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, and non-believers living in harmony and doing business with each other. Sayeed will ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated R for violent images, some language and nudity | See all certifications »
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$7,540 (USA) (30 September 2005)

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$73,789 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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Thoughtful, well crafted and Engaging
21 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this film. It works. It moved me, it frightened me and it shocked me. The idea of a fundamentalist suicide bomber living among his victims before his attack is one which strikes deep.

I didn't see Hassan simply as a machine or as a monster or as the incarnation of evil. I saw him as a man, like all men, capable of MAKING himself into a machine or a monster or the incarnation of evil should he chose to do so. And this film is about a man who makes that choice. Thankfully the filmmakers knew that the reasons for such a choice can't be explained in an entire lifetime let alone two hours.

All of the acting is refreshingly true. FIRDOUS BAMJI is heartbreaking. But AYAD AKHTAR holds it all together. His subtle portrayal is enough reason to see this film. He didn't take the easy road and serve as yet another facile illustration of how simple it is to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

This film asks those questions we in the West have been asking since September 11th. Most of them start with the word "how?" In art asking the questions as truthfully as you can is always better than providing the answers.


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