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Director: Joseph Castelo     Starring: Ayad Akhtar Firdous Bamji
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 202738489
UPC: 876964000482
UPC 14: 00876964000482
Category Keywords: New York City  Political  Politics  Terrorism  Terrorists
Rating: NR
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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

"Two Thumbs Up!  Ebert & Roeper
"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 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.


Video Features Widescreen, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/1/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10048
Video UPC UPC: 00876964000482
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ajay Naidu
Video Cast Info Ayad Akhtar
Video Cast Info Firdous Bamji
Video Cast Info Nandana Sen
Video Cast Info Ayad Akhtar, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info David Holmes - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Joseph Castelo - Director
Video Cast Info Malcolm Jamieson - Editor
Video Cast Info Mark Cuban - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ruben O'Malley, et. al. - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Tom Glynn - Producer


Nominee (2006)
   Video Award Name Independent Spirit, Ayad Akhtar, et. al., Best Screenplay
   Video Award Name Independent Spirit, Firdous Bamji, Best Supporting Male

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"This searing depiction of our seemingly endless 'war on terror' hits home in every sense." 02/23/2006 p.74 9 of 10
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. - Gary Goldstein

Variety 7 of 10
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. - Robert Koehler

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Akhtar,Ayad
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   Blu-Ray
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