The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2013 R CC

(64) 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.

Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson
2 hours, 10 minutes

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Genres Thriller
Director Mira Nair
Starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson
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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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6 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on May 3, 2013
Format: DVD
In "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," a Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) finds himself at a crossroads. Ten years ago, he was graduating from Princeton, becoming a part of one of the most prestigious law firms in New York, and falling in love with a photographer named Erica (Kate Hudson). In the present day, Changez is back in Pakistan but is seen as a person of interest when an American citizen is kidnapped. A journalist named Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber) tries to get an interview with Changez, but their environment is nothing short of chaotic warfare. Changez must make a decision; does he fight for his people and his homeland or do the right thing for the country he has grown to love?

Not being familiar with director Mira Nair's previous works, the star power of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" and the sheer fact that it was a thriller were the only two things to fall back on as far as tickling the short and curlies of the interest glands you find deep inside your head, brain, heart, and tender areas. Kiefer Sutherland is Jim Cross, Changez's boss and the man in charge of hiring at Underwood Samson; the law firm Changez gets hired on at. Sutherland's character doesn't mess around. He demands to be impressed and tells Changez to "lift up the hood" when we first set eyes on him. Sutherland's performance is very passionate as he becomes a mentor in the eyes of Changez. Liev Schreiber is Bobby Lincoln and like most journalists portrayed in film Bobby will stop at nothing to get a good story. He seems completely lost in Pakistan, but also knows what dangers lie ahead as he always carries a gun with him. Bobby just wants Changez to do the right thing. Finally there's Kate Hudson as Erica; a photographer who accidentally killed her boyfriend in a car wreck nearly six months ago.
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