War Within (Blu-ray) (2005)
I Don't Expect You to Understand What I am About to do.
|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|
"A taut, compelling thriller. Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This searing depiction of our seemingly endless 'war on terror' hits home in every sense. Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteThis 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.
Cast & Crew
|Ayad Akhtar, et. al. - Writer|
|David Holmes - Original Music By|
|Joseph Castelo - Director|
|Malcolm Jamieson - Editor|
|Mark Cuban - Executive Producer|
|Ruben O'Malley, et. al. - Cinematographer|
|Tom Glynn - Producer|
|Independent Spirit, Ayad Akhtar, et. al., Best Screenplay|
|Independent Spirit, Firdous Bamji, Best Supporting Male|