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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:
Nelsan Ellis, Kate Hudson
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DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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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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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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This movie paced along okay and presented a story of interesting content. It seemed believable and felt like it displayed life in both corporate America and Pakistan accurately, though I am not writing from experience. If you want gravitas and edge to your viewing leisure time then this is a good movie to choose.
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In the first instance, I loved the book and although there were differences between the book and the film, it still managed to be excellent and do the subject matter some justice! The actors were also excellent.
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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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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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It started out well, then the story line seemed to get lost because there seemed to be three main focus points, and preferably the story should have concentrated on just one with the other two very much in the back ground. I felt very much on the sidelines as a viewer, and couldn't engage with this at all.
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A beautiful, thought provoking film, that really taps into the ambiguity and complications of the struggle of the west vs Islamic fundamentalism. Done in a subtle and delicate way, that leaves you pondering and reassessing your own beliefs. Excellent stuff!
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