War Within (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Joseph Castelo Starring: Ayad Akhtar Firdous Bamji

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A Pakistani engineering student in Paris is imprisoned and interrogated by Western intelligence services for suspected terrorist activities. Formerly only an intellectual supporter of jihad Hassan undergoes a radical transformation and embarks upon a terrorist mission covertly entering the United States to join a cell based in New York City. After meticulous planning for an event of maximum devastation all the members of the cell are arrested except for Hassan and one other. With nowhere else to turn Hassan must rely on the hospitality of his friend Sayeed who is living the American dream with his family in New Jersey. What unfolds is a profound human and political drama as we tensely observe the state of mind of a suicide bomber as he tries to decide whether or not to carry out his deadly mission. Format: BLU-RAY DISC. Genre: DRAMA. Rating: NR. Age: 876964000482. UPC: 876964000482. Manufacturer No: 10048


Studio Magnolia Pictures
SKU 202738489
UPC 876964000482
UPC 14 00876964000482
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/1/2014
Rating NR
New York City
Editors Note
Note This searing, controversial, and thought-provoking drama examines the motives and emotions behind terrorism. Co-writer Ayad Akhtar stars as Hassan, a Pakistani man who's falsely accused of terrorist associations, then imprisoned and tortured before finally leaving jail as a genuinely militant extremist. He goes to stay with his old friend Sayeed in New York (Firdous Bamji in a scene-stealing performance), where he explores the city, flirts with Sayeed's sister (Nandana Sen), and works with a group planning to bomb Grand Central. The impressive cast of unknowns and solid direction from Joseph Castelo make this tense, thoughtful drama an intriguing look at a subculture that, for obvious reasons, is more often demonized than dramatized.
Rolling Stone "This searing depiction of our seemingly endless 'war on terror' hits home in every sense." 02/23/2006 p.74
Joseph Castelo
Ayad Akhtar
Firdous Bamji
Cast & Crew
Ajay Naidu - Actor
Ayad Akhtar - Actor
Ayad Akhtar, et. al. - Writer
David Holmes - Original Music By
Firdous Bamji - Actor
Joseph Castelo - Director
Malcolm Jamieson - Editor
Mark Cuban - Executive Producer
Nandana Sen - Actor
Ruben O'Malley, et. al. - Cinematographer
Tom Glynn - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 10048
UPC 00876964000482
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Nominee (2006) Independent Spirit, Ayad Akhtar, et. al., Best Screenplay,Independent Spirit, Firdous Bamji, Best Supporting Male
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Unlike the cardboard terrorists that pop up in every other Die Hard clone, the main character in the gripping political thriller The War Within is a truly frightening creation. And it's not because he's some outwardly evil boogeyman or steely maniac, but rather a soulful, handsome, almost erudite Pakistani engineering student named Hassan (Ayad Akhtar) who's simply on a mission from God - in this case, Allah. In a brisk 100 minutes, we get to know the conflicted, but driven Hassan so clearly, intimately and, most of all, humanly, that you have to keep remembering not to root for him to succeed in his quest for death and destruction. And that, my friends, is really scary.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review An honorable but failed attempt to dramatize the dynamics that propel a basically good man to become a suicide bomber, "The War Within" contains provocative points inside a dull package. Tracking the creation of a post-9/11 terror cell in New York and how one cell member struggles spending his last days with an innocent family who's housing him, pic is a frustrating example of a film confronting vital issues without making them cinematically engaging...Pic never follows through on the promising set-up, though, tending toward scenes just a shade from TV-standard obviousness and conversations generally bereft of subtext.
Reviewer Robert Koehler
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Akhtar,Ayad
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Ebert & Roeper Two Thumbs Up!
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times A taut, compelling thriller.
Rolling Stone This searing depiction of our seemingly endless 'war on terror' hits home in every sense.

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