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Traitor (2008)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  27 August 2008 (USA)
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When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

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Omar
Neal McDonough ...
Max Archer
Alyy Khan ...
Fareed
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Chandra Dawkin
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Nathir
Hassam Ghancy ...
Bashir
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Leyla (as Mozhan Marno)
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Hamzi
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Carter
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Dierdre Horn
Scali Delpeyrat ...
Inspector Gilles
Mehdi Ortelsberg ...
Ali (as Medhi Ortelsberg)
Aizoun Abdelkader ...
Ahmed
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Storyline

Samir Horn is a former soldier, a devout Muslim, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United States to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack. Will the intelligence agencies talk to each other, and can Horn be stopped? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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prison | escape | fbi | bomb | devout | See more »

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The only person he can trust is himself. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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27 August 2008 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£78,675 (UK) (27 March 2009)

Gross:

£78,675 (UK) (27 March 2009)
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Trivia

The film was initially set up at Touchstone Pictures in 2002 but was put in turnaround following management change at The Walt Disney Company (which owns Touchstone) until it was picked up by Don Cheadle and Overture Films. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Samir is running into the apartment complex in Chicago while running away from the FBI agents, the original agents following him radio in that they are at the address "128 S. Randolph." There is no S. Randolph St. in the city of Chicago as Randolph runs East/West. However movie-makers frequently use nonexistent addresses, equivalent to telephone nos that start with "555-" to avoid legal issues. See more »

Quotes

Roy Clayton: Do you think Samir believes it's God's will for him to kill others?
Dierdre Horn: You carry a gun yourself.
Roy Clayton: Now you didn't answer my question.
Dierdre Horn: My son has seen enough death to understand the value of life.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.38 (2008) See more »

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Ayadjidjè
Written by Mark Kilian (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Marcel Adjibi (BMI)
Performed by Marcel Adjibi and Mark Kilian
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Tense film about terrorism with action , suspense and an amazing final
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Thrilling and exciting movie about terrorism , spies and geopolitical issues . A firm believer in the Holy Quran, Samir Horn ( Don Cheadle ), American citizen and former soldier in Afghanistan, lives a middle-classed lifestyle along with his love interest , Chandra Dawkin (Archie Panjabi). He is actively involved in selling explosives to Jihadis. However he is trapped and meantime in a Yemeni prison, Samir is hit , and another inmate, Omar ( Said ), comes to his support . Both men become close friends, subsequently getaway from prison, re-locate to Marsielle, executing a massacre , and elude authorities for some time . Later on they re-enter the U.S., meet with other important terrorists , and together they scheme to place bombs in 50 Greyhound buses ,one for each State. Using internet and mail they recruit 50 volunteers to carry out this gruesome aim . Meanwhile, the super-powerful CIA uses technological-gizmo-surveillance satellites , super-computers for people spying and hound terrorists relentlessly. The CIA agents ( Guy Pearce , Neal McDonough ) scheme a plot to chase the mastermind terrorist . They form a shaky alliance with Carter ( Jeff Daniels ),the boss of Intelligence to break the terrorist ring whose objective is the bombing civilian targets . They try to stop cruel group who plans terrorist bombings by means an uncanny masquerade .

Story's core is interesting and script is dense with information and drama . The ultra-brisk editing and rapid scenes movement leaves little time to consider some inadequacies. The picture takes parts from ¨ The Siege¨ (98, by Edward Zwick with Denzel Washington,Tony Shalhoub) about the dangerous terrorism Arab in US ; ¨ Spy game ¨(2001, by Tony Scott with Brad Pitt and Robert Redford ) concerning the spy-world and ¨Body of lies ¨ (2008 by Ridly Scott with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe ) about sophisticated methods of the international terrorism . Don Cheadle , also producer , is the main attraction , he sustains interest in this tale of treason and terrorism . Guy Pearce and Neal McDonough are good as intelligent super-agents and Jeff Daniels's cool displaying a brief performance. The use of interesting messages to add weight to a romantic subplot between the terrorist and the Arab woman , though feels a little forced . The film packs adequate,evocative cinematography by Michael Muro and agreeable musical score by Mark Kilian with Arabs overtones. The motion picture is well written and realized by Jeffrey Nachmanoff . Rating : Above average, well worth watching.


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