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Traitor (2008)

Don Cheadle , Guy Pearce , Jeffrey Nachmanoff  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, Jeff Daniels
  • Directors: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay - ITN
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ACOXL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Traitor" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary Featuring Director Jeffrey Nachmanoffand Actor Don Cheadle
  • Action! The Stunts And Special Effects of Traitor
  • International Espionage: An In-Depth Look at Traitor’s Exotic Locations

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An action film rich with politics, espionage, and complicated characters, Traitor is an engrossing film in which the lines between right and wrong are anything but clear and the threats of terrorism and conspiracy across the globe seem startlingly real. Sadim Horn (Don Cheadle) is a devout Muslim, once trained and employed in engineering and explosives by American Special Forces, who has chosen to settle in Afghanistan. FBI agents Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Archer (Neal McDonough) begin investigating an uncooperative Sadim in an Afghanistan prison because of his connections with terrorist Omar (Saїd Taghmaoui) and, as events unfold, uncover ties between Sadim and several international bombing incidents. As agents Clayton and Archer follow Sadim around the world, Sadim's dedication to his faith becomes abundantly clear, as does his involvement in an international bombing conspiracy. What's less than clear in all the contradictory evidence is the nature of Sadim's role in the conspiracy--specifically, which side he's really fighting for. Traitor is an action-packed, suspenseful film with strong acting talent and a disturbingly real message. Bonus features include audio commentary by director Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Cheadle, an "Action!" featurette about the film's stunts and special effects, and a look at the production's exotic filming locations. --Tami Horiuchi

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A rouge former US Special forces operative is aiding terrorists to carry out acts against the West; however, it's unclear where the man's loyalties lie.

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where Do His Loyalties Lie? August 28, 2008
The movie is called "Traitor," and the implication is that the main character, played by Don Cheadle, has betrayed his own country. But it's nowhere near that simple. Some think he's a traitor to the United States while others think he's a traitor to Islam. He may be a traitor to his own beliefs, his loyalties divided between his Muslim faith and his American upbringing. By the end of the film, no one is any closer to understanding what he believes, himself least of all. He's a double agent frequently confronted by conflicting ideologies, and it's slowly but surely tearing him apart. One way this movie succeeds is that we're able to feel for this character no matter what side he's on; we can sense the anguish he feels, the torment of being a misfit in every culture he immerses himself in. We see in his face the unease and guilt he's forced to live with everyday.

Cheadle plays Samir Horn, who was born in Sudan but raised in the United States. Thirty years ago, his father was killed in a terrorist attack, although it's unclear which side was responsible; it may have been an anti-Muslim faction, but it may also have been devout Muslims who opposed his beliefs. Whatever the case, Horn is now a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant for the United States Army, someone trained to infiltrate terrorist organizations and gather information. It seems his loyalties have shifted; while in Yemen, he's caught selling detonators to a group of jihadists, and after a brief shootout, everyone is arrested. In prison, he befriends Omar (Saïd Taghmaoui), who is apparently in league with people on the outside, people willing to risk incarceration or death to free their brother Muslims. A frenetic jailbreak ensues.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Suspense Drama With A Message... December 28, 2008
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This film is a suspenseful drama that looks into the world of espionage and the so-called war on terror with the view as advertised on the DVD jacket "the truth is complicated." Cheadle plays a Sudanese born US Army vet trained in explosives who is seemingly working with Islamic terrorists... though who he is actually working with is not as it seems - even to himself. There's a message in this film that the ends don't justify the means, and the characters are led to question whether it's right or just to kill for a cause just because you believe you are the good guys. Cheadle does an excellent job playing this troubled character, while Guy Pearce is the FBI agent who is pursuing him. One interesting thing depicted in the film is how intelligence operations are complex and that terror groups are often being steered by government agents/informants, who in some cases lead what can be considered false flag terror - and the public reports about the events are based on disinfo created by government intelligence operatives. This film encourages us to look deeper at what's going on and question anyone who believes they are killing or sacrificing lives for a god-sanctioned agenda. The only weakness I found in the film was that there are a few loose ends in the film that don't get explained... but that's like real life where we can't find out everything.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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The tagline for the '08 film `Traitor' is "The truth is complicated". After viewing the movie I can only compliment the filmmakers for picking such a wise and appropriate phrase to encapsulate what unfolds before its audience. The occidental mind has yet to come to grips with an Islamic mindset that encourages its most fanatical followers to strap explosives to their bodies and detonate themselves in crowded buildings, transportation centers or any high traffic venue that will best unsettle the security of its adversaries. It is "terrorism as theatre" and all the world is its stage.

In `Traitor' Don Cheadle delivers a marvelous performance as Samir a Islamic, Sudanese born American immigrant who after spending years in U.S. military intelligence apparently has a change of conscience and joins an extreme terrorist organization after being recruited by Jihadist and future best friend Omar (Said Taghmaoui). Said is also magnificent, the on-going conversations between Omar and Samir discussing the Jihadist mindset and mission and how they compare with past and present acts of aggression by America are searing, thought-provoking and nuanced. For me they make this movie worth the time and effort. That's not to say that there isn't anything else worthwhile in this film, but it is there relationship and intellectual debate that raises the film to a higher level.

As for the rest of the film, well this isn't one of your typical fast paced action films. The storyline unfolds rather slowly, too slowly at times. But it does build momentum about halfway through will firmly hold your interest to the end. `Traitor' offers the viewer great performances, intellectual stimulation and political relevance. There is in my opinion two flaws that keep the film from receiving a -5 Star- rating.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Don Cheadle Thriller August 29, 2008
Traitor is a fantastic thriller starring Don Cheadle as Samir Horn, a Muslim who was born in Sudan and moved to America as a teenager. He grows up to be a Special Forces soldier for the US, and as the movie begins, we see him moving through the Middle East selling explosives.

His fate crosses with two FBI agents, played by Guy Pearce and Neal McDonough. Soon the two are crisscrossing the globe hunting Samir, who is becoming more and more involved with a cell led by a terrorist mastermind.

The film is written and directed as a great thriller with enough action and suspense to keep you ocuupied and guessing, but not to the extent that it comes off like a routine action movie trying to be more than it is. The film has several twists and surprises and keeps the viewer engaged throughout.

But everything is held together is by Cheadle, who burnishes his reputation as one of Hollywood's greatest talents. His Samir is at once devious, treacherous, loving, compassionate, stubborn, and dangerous. Traitor is a great film, but it would not possess the same impact with a lesser talent as its star.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swordfish For Real
2008PG13: Samir (Cheadle) is is definitely the anti-terrorist's terrorist in this undercover/spy thriller. Read more
Published 17 days ago by MFJLabs
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful thriller worth watching
Pay attention to every detail to get the most of this terrific film. Excellent acting, plot, and overall storyline. Highly recommended!
Published 1 month ago by Heather Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Done Movie That Gets You Thinking Afterwards
(Spoilers) I won't go into plot summary since I assume other raters have done this. I would probably ultimately rate this movie 4+1/2 stars, since there was, for me, a sense of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neela Bindu
5.0 out of 5 stars great
A must have movie, came when promised as promised would get from them anytime they have something I really want
Published 1 month ago by DR. B
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know what to expect.
I read the description of the movie and decided to get it. I had no idea it was about Middle Eastern affairs. I'd say this is one of Don Cheadle's best performances.
Published 1 month ago by Kyle F
3.0 out of 5 stars It was an okay movie.
The movie was a little slow. I wish it talked about the background between the FBI dude and Don Cheadle.
Published 2 months ago by Jessica Leavitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
this movie was great. Very suspenseful. Once I turned it on, I never once paused it. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Morrissey
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting movie
Really enjoyed this movie. It had all the elements of a suspenseful thriller and Don Cheadle is an incredible actor
Published 3 months ago by Marc
4.0 out of 5 stars good plot, nice ethical dilemma
When you're infiltrating a group of terrorists, and you participate in their crimes, how far can you go to set them up? Well, I liked it, was interested all through it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Doug Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, spell boung, brilliant performance by Don Cheadle and...
This is the second time I have watched Traitor. It does not get old. Don Cheatle plays a conflicted special operator who happens to be Muslim. Read more
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