Clever, tense and gripping - it's going to be hard to review Traitor without spoiling any of the story for you. But what you get is an engaing story line to acompany your action.
This film is basically an espionage spy thriller. Don Cheadle is excellent in the lead role as Samir, a pious man who's deep undercover. The thing is, just how deep is he? Is he a double agent? Has he been turned by the other side? All is revealed but for a large part of the film you're kept guessing. And you will REALLY be left guessing as events unfold.
He is a bomb maker. An expert mixed up with a group of jihadists. He is tasked with some very important missions and gradually works his way up the chain. The bigger the missions he completes, the more trust is placed in him until he is ordered to carry out a major attack on American soil. All the while, he is being hunted by Guy Pearce - a tenacious FBI agent who's hot on his heels.
The acting is brilliant throughout and the story is very clever, with good twists and turns. It's in depth too, and we get a good feel for the characters involved, who they are, their history and what makes them tick (no bomb pun intended).
The film is truly and international affair in the sense that you're treated to lost of different locations and scenery. From Sudan to Yemen, from Paris to London, to Nova Scotia and Canada. This makes for a very big feel to the film and really ads to it, making each scene fresh and exciting.
All in all, I really enjoyed this film and thought about giving it 5 stars - in the end I went with 4 - but it is excellent. I thoroughly recommend this if you want an film to engage the brain and get involved with. It also offers plenty of thrills, spills and action too. I'd give this film 8.5 out of 10 overall.
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