United States, 2008
Directed By: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Written By: Jeffrey Nacmanoff (screenplay) and Steve Martin (story)
Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pierce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough, Saïd Taghmaoui
Running Time: 114 minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language
3 out of 5 stars
Traitor occupies the unenviable limbo between an exciting episode of 24 and a mediocre Bourne clone. Moderately entertaining at times, sermonizingly stuffy at others, it manages to challenge one’s ability to remember it afterwards. If I were to damn with faint praise (which I am about to do), I would say it is worth a rental.
Writer/director Jeffrey Nachmanoff (who penned The Day After Tomorrow – I know, not a legacy that inspires filmgoing confidence) brings to life a story from the mind of Steve Martin (I know, not the expected breeding ground for espionage thrillers). Don Cheadle stars as Samir Horn, an ex-special forces officer who wheels and deals explosives on the international black market, Guy Pierce is the FBI agent who hunts him down, Jeff Daniels is the government operative who might be running a covert op, and Saïd Taghmaoui is the jihadist who befriends Samir over a game of chess in a crumbling Yemeni prison.
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