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Movie Picks – Traitor

September 2, 2008

Synopsis: Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash) and Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) star in Traitor, a taut international thriller set against a jigsaw puzzle of covert counter- espionage operations. Traitor is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff… Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash) and Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) star in Traitor, a taut international thriller set against a jigsaw puzzle of covert counter- espionage operations. Traitor is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (screenwriter of The Day After Tomorrow).

When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle). A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down. The inter-agency task force looking into the case meets with Carter (Jeff Daniels), a veteran CIA contractor who seemingly has his own agenda and Max Archer (Neal McDonough), a fellow FBI agent. The task force links Horn to a prison break in Yemen, a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, but a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his quarry is a disaffected former military operative—or something far more complicated.

Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex- soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue.

I really can’t decide weather I like this film or not to be honest. Im all for the spy thriller conspiracy stuff but it seems like theres too much going on. Too many characters and plotlines going on in too little time; kinda like a entire series of 24 in two hours. Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle give a amazing performances as Clayton and Horn but the story and the plot twists seem forced upon the viewer, there are head-scratching jumps in logic, and a plan by the hero that would sound great in a primary school short story but could never work out in real life. The film does attempt and mostly succeed in bringing topics of faith, war and worldview to the table but the plot detracts this from view.Traitor could really have been placed at the same level as, or even above films like The fugitive, War Games and even the Bourne Trilogy; but the writing turns it into another forgetable one that is not where near a fast moving and as quick hitting as it’s now obviously false advertising campaign. It’s all just a bit “meh”

It is worth the price of admission if theres nothing else on. Alternatly you could watch the thing on http://www.ninjavideo.net by clicking the banner at the top. Check it out and if I’m wrong leave a comment or flame me on internet message boards….go on I no you want to.

Hobbs x

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