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
Alyy Khan who plays the Pakistani Fareed Mansour, previously portrayed Omar Sheik in A Mighty Heart (2007), a real-life character upon whom the character Omar in this film, played by Saïd Taghmaoui, is loosely based. See more »
When Samir is talking to Chandra in the park, in Chicago, he is sitting in the center section of the three-section bench. When the FBI agents look at them through a spotting scope, he is instantly shown sitting within the left section, closer to her. In the next shot of them, he is back in the center. See more »
If a man hasn't found something he's willing to die for, he isn't fit to live.
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Don Cheadle selected another excellent role for himself in a movie that tells the tail of Jihad from the Western and Muslim perspective. If you are expecting an action flick, this is the wrong movie for you. Traitor focuses more on personal relationships than high-tech weapons. The movie makes good use of the actuals tactics and methodology of present day jihadists. But some of the terms, such as the halawas, could be better defined. The way the movie portrays interaction between American security agencies is interesting, but better represents the Cold War era than modern day. The limited information presented about Cheadle's past also leaves just enough for the imagination to wonder. The one negative is that Archie Panjabi's character was not developed enough. She did a solid job with the few lines she was given. However, a more developed Panjabi character would have added more depth to Cheadle. Overall, very good movie that makes you think.
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