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Judd: The other night Tom and I saw Traitor, a movie about a Muslim boy who witnesses his father’s murder and grows up to be a terrorist. If you’re already rolling your eyes there’s no point in reading the rest of the review. I will say that while the plot is only slightly deeper than my summary, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough and Said Taghmaoui gave excellent performances.
Swanner: Not to mention the cast was really cute…I feel so shallow. I’d also suggest that you not watch the trailer for the movie ahead of time cause they give some major plot devices away. I liked this movie more than you, I guess, and I hate terrorist movies. I hate feeling uncomfortable for two hours waiting for them to blow something up. It’s not very entertaining if you ask me. I agree that the cast is good and cute, as I mentioned, but it’s certainly not a repeat viewing for me.
Judd: The cast was ridiculously hot. Is it too much to ask to make a movie with ugly terrorists? Every time someone blew themselves up I was singing Sex Bomb in the back of my head. Traitor does go a little deeper into the religious aspects of terrorism than other like films. Cheadle is an ex-American and deeply religious Muslim who is drafted into a terrorist cell. The movie explores the fact that the Quran does not condone terrorist violence but it’s open to very wide interpretation.
Swanner: I just don’t like terrorist movies. It all so tense and the explosions. Why don’t terrorist movies ever have a gratuitous shower scene? We got it in Eastern Promise and that made that movie much more entertaining. Did you notice that Guy Pierce looks a lot better than he did after he did The Time Machine. I swear he had the HGH look to him but now he’s looking good. Maybe he needs to take a shower too. It would be fun, all the boys snapping towels and slapping butts. I think I need a shower myself.
Judd: See there you go, if all the terrorists looked like you I’d be a lot less distracted. The only problem I have with terrorist movies as a genre is that they’re all the same. This one tried to break the mold, but the sheer length of the film broke the tension and momentum. The last 20 minutes were dragged out way too long and I found myself looking at my watch. When the very end of the film came it felt too neat and tidy. Everything was hunky dory, there was no sense of lasting repercussions.
Swanner: I thought the ending was really good and you were checking your watch at one hour and 15 minutes into the movie. I remember this since I asked what the time it was and groaned after you told me. The middle of the movie was like dragging an anchor down the street. I thought it was never going to end. Did I mention I don’t like these kinds of movies?
Judd: There was a big reveal in the middle of the movie that picked up the pace for me, but as I said, that pace didn’t last. For me the movie was like giving a BJ to a guy that won’t orgasm. In the beginning I’m having fun; toward the middle I’m still into it but I’m getting tired; by the end I’m sore, bored and can’t wait for it to be over.
Swanner: A 1 hour 55 minute BJ. I would have gone home a long time ago. The movie wasn’t that boring or torturous. It felt like there was way too much about Cheadle’s character and we really don’t know where he stands. So as we they reveal more and more about him, the earlier info becomes less important. By the way… he’s religious, we get it. Do we really need to watch him pray again?
Judd: I disagree that as Cheadle’s character progresses the earlier info becomes irrelevant, but I do agree that his character isn’t nearly as deep and convicted as the filmmakers intended which does make him seem a bit ambiguous. I would recommend this movie to Cheadle and Pearce fan for their performances, but I think they won’t be happy with the movie overall.
Swanner: 2 Stars
Judd: 2 Stars