2009-06-19 13:31

What it's about:

An elite FBI investigator crosses three continents in search of a renegade U.S. military operative who holds the secret to a shocking conspiracy in a taut international thriller set in the treacherous world of covert counter-espionage operations.

When 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 mysterious figure with a complex web of international connections, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down and disappearing before the authorities can question him.

The inter-agency task force looking into the case meets with Carter (Jeff Daniels), an amoral, veteran CIA contractor who seems to have his own agenda, and FBI agent Max Archer (Neal McDonough). The task force links Horn to illicit activities in Yemen, Nice and London, but a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his quarry is a disaffected former military operative—or something far more complicated.

What the critics thought:

"The moral maze is not quite as murky as it should be, a suspicion that we may have misjudged the hero whisks the film back into the realms of fiction, and detracts from the issues it raises." - James Christopher, Times [UK]

"Traitor traffics in the cliches of the terrorist chase film -- including the usual stereotypes of Muslims - while trying not to succumb to outright bigotry." - Philip Kennicott, Washington Post

"Some well-meant but fantastically flaccid and perfunctory gestures of friendship towards the Muslim world are the foundation of this empty thriller." - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]

"The wait isn't worth it in this fear-mongering, opportunistic political/spy thriller, a slippery entertainment that's all feints and few punches thrown at a fight card of indistinguishable terrorists, Muslim and otherwise." - Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

A straight arrow FBI agent heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, but all clues seem to lead back to a former U.S. Special Operations officer.

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