The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2013 R CC

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(44) IMDb 6.9/10
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A successful young Wall Street exec is drawn into a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and his homeland.

Starring:
Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber
Runtime:
2 hours 10 minutes

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Product Details

Genres Thriller
Director Mira Nair
Starring Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber
Supporting actors Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi, Martin Donovan, Nelsan Ellis, Haluk Bilginer, Meesha Shafi, Imaaduddin Shah, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Ashwath Bhatt, Sarah Quinn, Chandrachur Singh, Adil Hussain, Ali Sethi, Deepti Datt, Gary Richardson, Sonya Jehan
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I bought the DVD and did not get chance to watch it until yesterday.
Sr.Kathy
This is a deftly directed movie, beautifully filmed with wonderful acting, a great soundtrack and ultimately an inspirational message.
applewood
In my estimation, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" really works as a fascinating character study.
K. Harris

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2013
Format: DVD
For those who have read Mohsin Hamid's brilliant novel on which this film is based the story will be easier to follow than the somewhat disconnected screenplay that was written by Hamid with Ami Boghani and William Wheeler. Mira Nair directs, and knowing her previous work suggests that it is this very disconnect that she wishes to emphasize in this profoundly moving film - in these times of global unrest and fear because of terrorist acts we don't know who to trust and who to dislike, but the answer is that there is no right or wrong. Nair achieves this by beginning her film with a conversation between an American journalist Bobby (Liev Schreiber) and a Pakistani professor Changez (Riz Ahmed) in a setting of high tension in a bar in Lahore and our initial belief is that the Bobby represents the core we trust and with whom we identify, that Changez is the unknown `different culture' stranger who is suspect. In the course of the film that position is deeply altered. And that is where the power of the message is so affecting. But we must go through flashbacks of eleven years to understand the real drama.

Changez Khan (the very handsome and very fine actor Riz Ahmed) lives with his poet father Abu (Om Purl) and mother Ammi (Shabana Azmi) in Pakistan. The family is poor but educated and Changez decides to go to America to find his place in the corporate world of money and success - and help support his family (his sister is ready to marry but the family can ill afford a traditional wedding). Changez arrives in America, attends university, and rises rapidly, gaining a position with a Wall Street company that specializes in financial advising for business internationally.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By applewood on September 15, 2013
Format: DVD
Reading the plot blurb at the rental store for this movie made it sound intriguing, but when I saw it was also directed by Mira Nair, who did such good jobs on the entertaining yet emotionally deep Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay! and The Namesake, I knew it would be good, but I didn't know how moving it would be, nor profound in it's deeper reminder that looks can be (and often are) deceiving.

Without wanting to say too much and give away the story which keeps the suspense and drama taut and fast paced, I want to add my 2cents worth to those who say this is a great story with interesting twists and layers of realistic emotion, leading to a vision of humanity that is perhaps more optimistic than is currently warranted (in reality we'd have seen the launch of a deadly drone near the ending...). It brings up issues of Western hegemony, terrorism and national security, personal ambition and integrity (and in this way reminds me of the less nuanced Syriana), but even more universally it is the classic story of how we as individuals are all challenged by, and perhaps eventually overcome, the urge to react with anger and negativity, and get sucked into that which we are wanting to rise above. In this way it was a bit like the great short story Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Leslie Marmon Silko, yet in a completely more contemporary and emotionally seductive context. I now look forward to reading Hamid's novel.

This is a deftly directed movie, beautifully filmed with wonderful acting, a great soundtrack and ultimately an inspirational message. It seems timely enough to me, but even more interesting is it's timeless aspect, and a perspective that is refreshingly foreign.
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Format: Blu-ray
Adapting the critically acclaimed 2007 bestseller "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Pakistani author Moshim Hamid, director Mira Nair had a number of challenges to face. The novel is a complex and challenging look at a post-9/11 world and has been pretty universally praised and even studied on college campuses. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, it is a book that instantly connected with the zeitgeist of attempting to understand how both the terrorist acts on that fateful day and the U.S. response to them had forever changed the world in which we lived. The story is told entirely through the eyes of a young Pakistani man who embraced the American dream before ultimately feeling betrayed by it. When trying to adapt such a seminal and personal work, it is virtually impossible to satisfy everyone. When a work becomes "important" (for lack of a better word), any adaptation will likely be scrutinized and judged to fall short. And indeed, the critical response to "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" was largely tepid. While it's true that the film version lacks some of the power and potency of Hamid's treatise, I still think that it is a worthwhile endeavor for those looking for something a little more contemplative than traditional Hollywood fare.

The film unfolds over a discourse between two characters in a Pakistani cafe. When an American academic is kidnapped from the local university, CIA officials think that a charismatic professor might hold necessary and timely answers. Changez (Riz Ahmed) is viewed as a rising star on the political/terrorism scene. And indeed, he seems to hold much influence over the student activists that rally around him. Into the cafe comes a journalist/operative (Liev Schrieber) sent by the CIA to get answers and find a location on the missing man.
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