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Amid a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he's never had, Tariq (Evan Ross) enters college confused. New peers, family and mentors help him find his place, but the 9-11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life. Written by
It's not entirely fair for me to say that "Mooz-lum" was made on a low budget. I don't really know the facts on that. But it did seem to have some rough spots that wouldn't have been there if it had been a "typical" Hollywood movie.
For the most part, the acting was excellent. I'd really be surprised if the main character, Evan Ross, doesn't become more well-known as an actor. Strangely enough, Danny Glover wasn't that good in this movie. He acted almost like he didn't want to be there.
Some of the photography, especially at the beginning, was really beautiful. And the use of Qur'an recitations made for an authentic and haunting atmosphere.
The movie moves back and forth in time which I didn't catch on to right away. The earlier times were filmed in sepia with color tinting and the present was in full color.
I don't want to go into the story line itself for fear of spoiling it. But I will say that it's not quite what most people probably expect. The main character is s young man who was raised quite strictly as a Muslim and is now going to a secular college where he has to struggle with what being a Muslim means to him. That sounds kind of generic, but there's a plot twist that keeps it from being trite.
I was a little disappointed that there were no Caucasian Muslims in the film, because I'm afraid that it gave the impression that all Muslims are Arab or black and that's simply not true.
But overall, I was impressed with the film and recommend it to others, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
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