Saturday, September 6, 2008

UPDATE: Traitor

The Synopsis

IMDb: Samir Horn (Don Cheadle), a devout American Muslim, and a former U.S. Army Special Forces expert in explosives, has been mysteriously showing up on the FBI's radar for being in the area of terrorist bombings. FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up a task force investigation to link Horn to these bombings. Clayton is able to question Horn after he was arrested in Yemen for attempting to sell explosives to an Islamic terrorist group. The terrorists break out of prison and take Horn with them. With the help of Max Archer (Neal McDonough), Clayton is able to link Horn to a bombing of an American Consulate in Nice, and a failed police raid to capture his top terrorist contact in London. Clayton has been pursuing Horn around the world and has tracked him to the United States. Clayton must capture Horn before he strikes his next target. Douglas Young

Other Reviews

Main Critics:

Roger Ebert: 3 Stars
Richard Roeper: Not Available
Michael Phillips: 3 Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum C
A. O. Scott: 3/5

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Not Available
Fandango: 19 Oh No, 12 No, 48 So-So, 130 Go, 127 Must Go
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 53% (Rotten), Top Critics: 54% (Rotten), RT Community: 85% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 60 out of 100, Users: 8.5 out of 10
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B- Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: Original idea from Steve Martin.

Action: Common: Let say it was good but it need some improvements. There are a couple key action sequences that were very enticing but for me the action didn’t keep my attention for the duration of the film. What kept my attention was trying to put the clue together before they do.

Acting and Dialogue: Amazing: Very good acting by very good actors. I love Guy Pearce, so far I haven’t scene anything of his that he hasn’t done well at. Don Cheadle also is good at what he dose. Even for the short role of Jeff Daniels was good.

Direction: Brilliant: It was put together nicely and the pace was decent; a new director making it work. Can’t wait to see what he dose in the future.

Sound: Brilliant: It wasn’t spectacular but it worked and parts of the score were good.

Special and Visual FX: Common: Not much to commit on just a hand full of terrorist bombings all of which were convincing.

Sold B, I recommend it. It is probably the only decent film playing now that is still fairly new.

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