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Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash) and Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential) star in Traitor, a taut international thriller set against a puzzle of covert counter-espionage operations.

When straight-arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Pearce) investigates a dangerous international conspiracy responsible for a prison break in Yemen, a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Cheadle). But a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his suspect 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 shadows and intrigue.


Studio Video Treasures
SKU 209964168
UPC 013138305480
UPC 14 00013138305480
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/5/2010
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Review Can a thriller really be a thriller without thrills? Better yet, can an international spy story really succeed by purposefully getting us to sympathize with the enemy? That's the double edged sword being wielded by Jeffrey Nachmanoff with his new film Traitor. Even the title offers yet another bit of bifurcation. On the one hand, we have a deeply religious man (Don Cheadle) working with terrorists to blow up Americans. On the other, we see how he uses his faith as a means of undermining the group's most violent objectives. Of course, this doesn't make the tale interesting or exciting. Just being different doesn't save you from being dull...As much as it wants to position itself as a "thinking man's action film," Traitor actually betrays all signs of cleverness. In fact, it frequently over-rationalizes its ideas, leaving the audience limp from lack of excitement. We know something is up with Cheadle's Samir the moment we see him, and every action he then takes seems calculated and controlled by influences outside our narrative purview. Indeed, as it passes along perfunctorily, peeling away the obvious layers from its proposed puzzle box plot, we keep waiting for the moment when the storyline's other shoe drops. Sadly, when it does, we've already figured out the twist...Most intelligent people understand that there is a clear contradiction between dogma and the interpreted right to destroy. By taking both sides seriously, Traitor might be fair, but it's far from involving.
Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Traitor is 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. For movies that revolve around terrorist organizations and acts, there are typically two approaches: a gung-ho, "John Wayne" style and a story that seeks to humanize the terrorists. Traitor takes a different, less straightforward trajectory that exhibits the complex motivations of the terrorists as well as those who oppose them without resorting to caricatures on either side. The film's villains are not cookie-cutter bad guys and the FBI agents are neither bumbling nor infallible. Caught in the middle of everything is a man trying to save innocent lives but whose actions end up taking them as well...The actors were chosen for their abilities to portray characters who inhabit areas of gray. Not since Hotel Rwanda has Don Cheadle been this forceful. Samir is trapped in an impossible situation, yet we can't help but hope he'll find some way to thread the needle. Guy Pearce makes Clayton an admirable individual with a quick mind. As Archer, Neal McDonough steps away from his usual psycho persona to play "bad cop" to Clayton's "good cop"...As a thriller for adults who don't require manic chases, frenetic shoot-outs, and ten cuts per second, Traitor is smart, effective, and at times suspenseful. It's one of a very few terrorist-themed movies that presents its situation without resorting to exploitation or oversimplification.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
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Video Format Blu-Ray
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer Don Cheadle, wiry and wired, delivers an electrifying performance in Traitor.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News Traitor is scary good.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...a genuinely gripping tale about international terrorism that hopscotches across three continents.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times A pure thriller...a tangled web of conspiracy and intrigue.
Steve Oldfield, FOX-TV This year's Bourne Ultimatum.

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