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  • Summary: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn. A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organization, 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, a veteran CIA contractor who seemingly has his own agenda and Max Archer, 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 shadow and intrigue. (Overture Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
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  1. The film is a genuinely gripping tale about international terrorism that hopscotches across three continents.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film's a propulsive international espionage thriller, built on the hurry-scurry bones of the "Bourne" movies.
  3. Problems aside, this is a good, twisty, absorbing work.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Can't seem to decide whether it wants to be an edge-of-the-seat action thriller or a more contemplative and intellectual drama about religion and terrorism. Somehow, in trying to have it both ways, it doesn't completely succeed at either.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Brandishes physical verisimilitude and intelligent seriousness but proves unable to really get inside its chameleon-like central character.
  6. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    The film is stylishly shot, although the current action-movie look might be dated in a few years.
  7. 40
    The filmmakers, I think, got in over their heads and couldn't decide whether they were making an action thriller or a drama of conscience; they wound up flubbing both.

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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
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  1. Feb 24, 2013
    Traitor is a truly can't miss movie, that gives you a perspective on terrorism from both sides. Don Cheadle continues to be one of the best and most underrated actors in Hollywood. This movie was amazing! It wasn't just another shoot 'em up action nightmare. It has a great story, I really connected with the characters, and I kept finding myself surprised at every turn, not knowing what was coming next. Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2010
    Boy sees his father blown up by car bomb, years later helps terrorists, makes bombs, blows up US Embassies, twists & turns.
    Really good
    thriller that is very modern & an interesting story & plot.
    Don Cheadle is very convincing with Said Tagmaoui & Guy Pearce lending decent support. Nice cameo by Jeff Daniels too.
    The film does jump about a lot between locations but it had me gripped right until the end of the film.
  3. Nov 15, 2013
    Traitor is a patriot.
    The movie is a very interesting concept that is fully explained over the course of the film without much confusion. The
    acting is solid and the film is very unpredictable. Expand

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