July 10, 2008, - 4:31 pm

Is “Traitor” Another “America Created the Islamic Terrorists” Movie?

By Debbie Schlussel
Is “Traitor“–the movie coming out in late August a/k/a movie hell, where all bad movies are sent–yet another movie, which blames America for Islamic terrorists? It looks like it based on the trailer (below) and the movie synopsis.
What do you think? It stars Don Cheadle as the U.S.-trained Islamic terrorist and Jeff Daniels as some shadow operative/U.S. government handler of Cheadle. (Full disclosure: For several years, I was a celebrity golfer at Daniels’ charity golf tournament benefitting his Purple Rose Theater. Another full disclosure: I stink at golf.)

When strait [sic] arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle). A mysterous figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down. The task force links Horn to a prison break in Yemen, a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, but a tangle of contradictoy evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his quarry 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.

As always, I will, G-d-willing, review it when it comes out. Stay tuned.


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9 Responses

Review it? Thanks, but don’t bother. I wouldn’t waste my money on it Anti American dripple.

dannygirl on July 10, 2008 at 8:09 pm

[It looks like it based on the trailer (below) and the movie synopsis.
What do you think?]
Based on the trailer and the synopsis, I think this movie may not be so anti-American. I think it’s quite possible that Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) has infiltrated Islamic terrorist groups on his own and breaks ties with the FBI as to not jeopardize himself. There’s one line in the trailer that’s interesting:
“The deaths are fake.”
Oh well, I’ll have to wait for the review to see if my theory is right.
So Debs, how’s that project for Mark Cuban coming along? 🙂

Norman Blitzer on July 10, 2008 at 10:09 pm

An Anti-American film being made in today’s Hollywood?

Blayne on July 11, 2008 at 7:20 am

I will wait till it’s on cable. Then, maybe. If Rachel Rays on I’ll watch her.

samurai on July 11, 2008 at 11:18 am

I love Don Cheadle and Jeff Daniels. They are both great actors. I am not sure how an American agent turned Islamic terrorist is anti-american. All of these movies have some (and I use that term losely) thread of truth. Let’s remember, this is supposed to be for entertainment. It isn’t a documentary.

musiccgirl on July 11, 2008 at 11:52 am

yeah it would seem to be
“The movie is an evenhanded look at terrorism according to David Hoberman who, along with Todd Lieberman and Cheadle are producing the film. Cheadle will play an undercover CIA agent spying on a terrorist cell when he becomes a terrorist suspect himself.”

sultan_knish on July 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm

If it’s another one of those stupid “Bush lied, people died” or just another anti-war movie, I’d be disappointed. I’ve always respected Guy Pearce as an actor, and have always thought of him as a gent who’s extremely selective about the movie choices he makes. I hope this one doesn’t blow that theory out of the water.

richardzowie on July 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

debbie, i’ll save you the money. you already know what this film is, you said it yourself: anti-american agit-prop. it’s americas fault, blah, blah, blah…..

verbatim on July 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm

The trailer implies he’s an American agent. I’ll bet that he’s being sent out to make poor Muslims look bad so that the US can invade Iraq and generally treat everyone badly.

sonomaca on July 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm

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