Since 9-11, there have been a rash of films that focus on terrorism and the latest is written by Steve Martin entitled, Traitor. When former military operative Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) is sent to prison in Yemen he befriends the leader of a terrorist’s organization named Omar (Said Taghmaoui). Together they escape and Horn uses his bomb making expertise to aid the terrorists. (I guess none of the terrorists thought it might be a good idea to have someone teach them how to build bombs before this moment) In the meantime, F.B.I. agents Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Max Archer (Neal McDonough) begin to notice that no matter where Horn is on the globe, there is a bombing. The only person who can confirm whether Horn is a traitor to the United States or the terrorists is a C.I.A contractor named Carter. He tries to make contact and learns that Horn and the terrorists are planning multiple bombings in the United States – but it may be too late. This film is complex, clever and full of twists and turns. Don Cheadle’s performance is solid as ever and shows why he is one of the better actors in the industry today. There are minor problems with some of the scenes not being completely thought out and the ending may be entertaining but it has no big surprises. I really liked this film but it lacks a memorable story that you will find in most great movies. (In fact, by next month I will have forgotten my wife’s birthday, where I left my wallet and most of the plot points in this film.) I’m giving this suspense, drama a B+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.