DVD Review: Traitor
I haven’t been watching as many movies as I usually do, as I have taken up with a new hobby: grilling. I am fairly obsessed with it right now, and can see why men spend entire summers around the grill. I am buying all the tools, and am grilling practically anything that isn’t liquid, haha.
Anyway, I did take time out to watch the film “Traitor“. I don’t know if reviewing this is toeing the line on Black Cinema, but the film was widely reported on in the Black Cinema Blogs, and The Cheadle is the lead.
Let me begin by saying that thrillers are my very favorite genre, and of the genre, political thrillers are my least favorite, unless they are from the 70’s. They are often confusing, chaotic, hard to follow, with red herrings and subplots all over the place. “Traitor” has the worst all of those aspects. While perusing MRQE.com, the end-all of film roundups, I saw that this film had a pretty good rating. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why, in the same way I couldn’t understand the praise for “Syriana”, which this flick reminded me of.
The best that I could figure is that since American film is so messy and commercial for the most part, anything that even pretends to be highbrow and intelligent makes the critics not want to appear like dummies, and they say “I get it, it’s so great” instead of admitting it’s just a big complicated, incomprehensible mess. The plot, according to IMDB.com is this:
Samir Horn is a former soldier, a devout Moslem, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United Starts to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack. Will the intelligence agencies talk to each other, and can Horn be stopped?
Ummm, really? I am what most people consider an intelligent person, and I didn’t even get half of that out of this movie, watching it with full attention. I was so busy trying to figure out who was doing what to who and why that I finally decided that it was an exercise in futility, because ultimately I didn’t care. Rocky Horror says this one isn’t even worth viewing on cable.
On a superficial side note to Don Cheadle: If you want to venture into leading man territory A) Pick a better script B) Show more than one emotion per film C) Maybe eat a few steaks and biscuits (with lots of butter). A tiny body and a huge head is not the business…you were looking like one of those Easter Island statues, no joke. All crushes on you from “Devil In A Blue Dress” have now subsided. That is all.
Here is the trailer: