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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 forWhen 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. The film is a genuinely gripping tale about international terrorism that hopscotches across three continents.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The film's a propulsive international espionage thriller, built on the hurry-scurry bones of the "Bourne" movies.
  3. 75
    An uncommonly intelligent espionage thriller that explores the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by agents who go deep undercover in the service of their country.
  4. Don Cheadle, wiry and wired, delivers an electrifying performance in Traitor.
  5. Nachmanoff fills the movie with a sense of gripping, '70s-style grittiness that helps undercut the web-of-evil tone.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    50
    The movie's first hour is well-done, but realism and insight go out the window as soon as Samir crosses the U.S. border.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
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  1. ChristopherR.
    Aug 28, 2008
    10
    This is not hollywood formula crap. real writing. great movie. every year we get one two very well movies to see. i really do not understand This is not hollywood formula crap. real writing. great movie. every year we get one two very well movies to see. i really do not understand the critics on this one. this is just a great movie. Expand
  2. TrenttL.
    Sep 6, 2008
    10
    Daring movie. We haven't really seen black men in roles like this before and Cheadle does this with a depth of character that many Daring movie. We haven't really seen black men in roles like this before and Cheadle does this with a depth of character that many action films lack. It is not all one liners or cowboy attitude. The character is intelligent, conflicted, capable and at most times "cool" in a believable way. Critics are doing a good job of managing the expectations of viewers. Glad I saw this one before reading the reviews (which seem to contain more spoilers than usual). Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2013
    10
    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 bestTraitor 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
  4. JaredC.
    Aug 25, 2008
    9
    It's difficult to explain what Traitor is like. It isn't perfect, and it isn't bad, nor all right. This is probably Don It's difficult to explain what Traitor is like. It isn't perfect, and it isn't bad, nor all right. This is probably Don Cheadle's best movie since Hotel Rwanda. That's really the only truth about this film that's simple to describe. But other than that, the truth is complicated. Expand
  5. DougN.
    Aug 30, 2008
    8
    The film is much better than the critics "score"would have you believe. It really had me guessing until - well, almost the end. This is not The film is much better than the critics "score"would have you believe. It really had me guessing until - well, almost the end. This is not an action film, more a psychological type thriller. I quite enjoyed it. Certainly more than the critic score would have yo believe. Expand
  6. jw
    Aug 31, 2008
    7
    Clearly Don Cheadle is money in the bank. Cast him, and your movie is automatically ahead of the curve. Jeff Daniels has quietly become that Clearly Don Cheadle is money in the bank. Cast him, and your movie is automatically ahead of the curve. Jeff Daniels has quietly become that same kind of actor in supporting roles and ensembles. So it makes sense that all of the best scenes in this movie happen when they're both on the screen. In many places, the "message" lines seem forced and awkward. But the story is always put back on track, and the movie is most "on message" when it returns to the Cheadle/Daniels interplay. Best line in the movie: "You know who you sound like, right?" This binds the clashing powers together by their rhetoric, and says gracefully what other parts of the movie say fitfully. Expand
  7. ChadS.
    Aug 28, 2008
    6
    To accrue more cred as a practicing Islamic extremist, Samir Horn(Don Cheadle) impresses the Muslim affiliates of his terrorist cell, by To accrue more cred as a practicing Islamic extremist, Samir Horn(Don Cheadle) impresses the Muslim affiliates of his terrorist cell, by coordinating the detonation of an American consulate. Eight people die in the blast, a number that's horrific, to be sure, but not catastrophic enough to affect vicissitude in the U.S. Special Operation officer's license for fighting the jihadists. Keeping the collateral damage at a minimum is a plot contrivance which allows "Traitor" to remain a pop entertainment that makes geopolitics digestible for everybody's comfort. If the number of casualties approached the upper reaches of, say, a hundred, sticking to the "Donnie Brasco" formula would become more problematic, if not, impossible. A blurring between both factions of Islamic faith already exists when Samir triggers that remote on the Nice building. By default, his actions turn him into a double agent. Samir is actually caught in no man's land, but "Traitor" can't risk political incorrectness by implying that all Muslims are terrorists. Since the terrorist act is deemed a necessary evil when it's performed in the name of vigilantism, Samir isn't a terrorist, because American lives weigh more than Muslim ones. Expand

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