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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Uneven political thriller mixes faith, terrorism.

Movie PG-13 2008 113 minutes
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Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+


good movie wort buying lots of action
age 14+

amazing movie

this was a great movie but their is a lot of bad things there is a scene where they chase a 17 year old boy shove him down stairs and grab him and throw him in train tracks and you hear him get hit theres blood f words suicide bombings brutal prizon beatings and fights great movie but very dark and brutal

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Taut and intriguing -- for the most part, anyway -- Traitor succeeds on a basic level thanks to Cheadle's acting prowess. Rather than playing Horn as a typical action-hero prototype, he creates a character so complicated and conflicted that the movie nearly transcends its flaws. Nearly. But it does have flaws. For starters, it skates over too many details -- how Horn metamorphosed from government soldier to arms trader, how his tangled web got its start. And while it certainly attempts to present a more full-bodied representation of extremists and extremism, the movie relies a little too much on shorthand, even though it willingly takes on a complex subject.

If not for the great acting ensemble, the enterprise would come across as paint-by-numbers. As it is, for a thriller, it feels slack and predictable in places -- as in Horn's encounters with a prison bully and how his response buys him the respect of others, for example. And, at times, it's self-consciously ponderous. But there's no denying the film's timeliness and its laudable efforts at injecting humanity into a hot-button debate. Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who also co-wrote the script, doesn't just rely on dogma and polemics, and for that he deserves some kudos.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 27, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: December 16, 2008
  • Cast: Don Cheadle , Guy Pearce , Jeff Daniels
  • Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Overture Films
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language.
  • Last updated: February 2, 2023

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