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

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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

According to Guy Pearce, who plays FBI agent Roy Clayton, the conflict depicted and denounced in the film is due to lack of communication between the different branches of the American government post-9/11, particularly the CIA and the FBI, with each agency trying to supplant the other. See more »

Goofs

Samir states that they can avoid having their e-mails traced by logging on to each suicide bomber's account, editing the e-mails with mission instructions and then saving them as drafts, this way there would be nothing transmitted on the network. Then the bombers would login to their accounts and read the draft e-mail. Others have suggested the activity over the network to access the web mail account could be tracked. However, connections to web mail accounts are encrypted (https). In addition, tracking what someone is doing from an Internet café on the web would result in a lot of noise with very little value. More high-value information comes from tracking email, which has a sender, a recipient, and is unencrypted (and therefore would trace the network for law enforcement). Saving the mail in drafts is a very good way to significantly reduce the likelihood of the communications being intercepted in time to be of value. See more »

Quotes

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?
Roy Clayton: It also says that if you save a life its like you've saved all mankind... You're a hero Samir.
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Written by Mark Kilian (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Marcel Adjibi (BMI)
Performed by Marcel Adjibi and Mark Kilian
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Very Involving Thinking-Person's Story & Great Acting
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent movie, a very intriguing and topical story involving terrorism with the basic message that there are good and bad people everywhere, of all races, religions, sects, whatever. The question in this film, for at least half of the movie, is: "Is Samir (Don Cheadle) a good guy or a bad guy?"

I don't want to say too much in fear of spoiling anything because that could easily be done while discussing this film. Suffice to say that this will keep your interest for the full running time and is a thinking person's movie more than most.

Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, Said Taghmaoui and Alyy Kahn are all fantastic in the lead roles. The direction and photography also is top-notch. Those who pick apart this movie are nit-picking because it's a very entertaining film while not overdoing the action or the stereotypical characters.

One thing that's odd about this film: it has very strong statements which will please both liberals and conservatives, both devoutly religious folks and atheists. It pretty much covers the field.


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