The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2012

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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

Starring:
Martin Donovan, Nelsan Ellis
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Martin Donovan, Nelsan Ellis, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Riz Ahmed
Director Mira Nair
Genres Thriller
Studio KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 16 September 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Martin Donovan, Nelsan Ellis, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Riz Ahmed
Director Mira Nair
Genres Thriller
Studio KALEIDOSCOPE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 16 September 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
This is the story of Changez (Riz Ahmed of `Four Lions' and `Ill Manors') who we meet whilst being interviewed by a `journalist' Bobby Lincoln in 2011. We are then carted back to 2001 to explain how we got to be in a tea house in Pakistan discussing the kidnapping of a US citizen and lecturer. In 2001 Changez managed to land a job with top American consultant firm Underwood Samson. They are the people that turn up and make a company more efficient, mainly by re shaping personnel or `sacking' as we used to call it. He is spotted by corporate nasty played by Kiefer Sutherland.

Then September 11th happens and it is a game changer he also grows a beard which seems to attract way too much attention from the authorities even if it is a bit unkempt. So he returns to Pakistan having had his ambition singed by his overseas experiences, once at home he starts to mix with people who are much closer to their religion than him and have a whole different way of thinking. What follows is a story of intrigue and religion and a mighty clash of cultures in all senses.

This is a quietly intense film that is often full of suspense, the acting is all excellent. Bobby Lincoln is played by Liev Schreiber (`X-Men Origins' and `Defiance') and he is ruddy excellent. We also have an appearance from Indian screen legend Om Puri which was a nice touch.

This has good production values and nice attention to detail; and even at 130 minutes did not out stay its welcome. It is always hard to deal in a balanced way with such thorny issues as `fundamentalism' or `radicalisation' but I think director Mira Nair has done a very good job. This was an adaptation of the book by Moshin Hamad who also co wrote the screen play so they have tried to capture the spirit of the book and succeeded to a large extent. An intriguing and thought provoking film that I actually really enjoyed and hope you will too.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Angela J Miller on 2 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
Loved the book and wasn't disappointed by the film. The scenes in Lahore were so well filmed you felt you were there. The casting is great but Kate Hudson character isn't quite as you would imagine from the book. It's a compelling story and very thought provoking. Well worth watching.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Mira Nair really captures Pakistan and the conflict many moderate Muslims are continually facing in a post 9/11 world. This film, based on Mohsin Hamid's book of the same name, really brings home a simple lesson learnt since 9/11: it is the response of the USA and its western allies to the attacks of 9/11 which has created a far more dangerous world; a world where moderate Muslims are conflicted, often harbouring anti West sentiments, yet harbouring no sympathy of support for Islamic extremism/violence.
The film features authentic Pakistani acting talent, as well as fabulous music such as Qawali by Pakistani maestro Fareed Ayaz. This is a far cry from Zero Dark Thirty, or Mighty Heart, which are so obviously shot in India, without any authenticity. Though this film is shot partly in Old Delhi, Mira Nair shows a much better understanding of modern young Pakistan than any Hollywood or Bollywood director/studio. Watch it on full volume, on the largest screen you have, and enjoy. It will make you think, and I hope help a western audience understand better what young Muslims are thinking and feeling in the post 9/11 world. Finally, Riz Khan is fantastic in the lead role; a British Pakistani himself, he lives the role.
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Format: DVD
An interesting movie showing the conflict experienced by both westerners and Muslims alike post- 9/11.

I found the movie a bit too slow going. But it had some interesting themes talking to the West's intervention in places like Pakistan. The most interesting was how American cut-throat culture was compared to attitudes of would be terrorist jihadists. In this story the key word and theme is caught in the title.

I feel they could have made a better and tighter movie at say 90 minutes. Two hours was a bit too long for my liking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CFG on 10 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
An excellent film, one that everyone should see. It shows how people would be justified in retaliating against prejudice and unfair treatment, and the self-control required not to. When that same prejudice and unfair treatment is meted out by the people supplying the DVD, it is beyond belief - on the sleeve, and just now on the screen, it says "Starring Kate Hudson, Liev Schrieber, Kiefer Sutherland". And?????????? Riz Ahmed is in almost every single shot of this lengthy film, his is an amazing performance......but apparently he doesn't deserve a mention. Could this be.........because he is not white? I cannot think of another reason. And people wonder why marginalised people get angry. Even the sleeve has a massive picture of Kiefer Sutherland, as if he's the main character... This is such a clear answer to the question, "Why do people turn to so-called terrorism?" that I almost wonder if it's deliberate?
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Films of novel are risky ventures, and given that this Hamid's novel is told entirely as a first-person monologue AND has a very ambiguous ending, re-imagining this for the big screen was always going to be a challenge. The film maintains the central story of the protagonist/narrator, but drops the ambiguity (perhaps it needed to!) and the result is a competent enough political thriller that is well acted by Riz Ahmed and Kate Hudson. Probably best to see the film then read the book, though.
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