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"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" Film Review
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mira Nair's latest film tells the story of Changez Khan, a young Pakistani man played by Riz Ahmed, who comes to Princeton, lands his dream job at a leading N.Y. investment bank that resembles Goldman Sachs or private equity firm Bain Capital and falls for a young American artist played by Kate Hudson.
Changez is mentored by one of the investment bank's slimy partners played admirably by Kiefer Sutherland and is promoted to become the youngest associate in the firm's history. Between his success at the firm and with his artist girlfriend what more could he ask? Then comes the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center and subsequent humiliating experiences at the hands of police, FBI and fellow bank employees which begin to alienate Changez's affection for America and his dream investment bank career.
Shortly, the scene shifts to a restaurant in Lahore, Pakistan, where Changez is meeting with an idealistic American writer who seeks his help saving a writer who has been kidnapped and held by terrorists. Changez has quit his investment banking job and is now a professor at a university in Lahore with a following of radical students. In scenes shifting back and forth between Lahore and his life as a banker in New York, Changez tells the story of his conversion from fundamentalist American capitalist to "reluctant" fundamentalist Islamist. Anyone who watches the movie with an open mind will come away with an improved understanding of the mentality of participants in the current struggles in Afghanistan and elsewhere in that part of the world.
Live Schreiber abley plays the part of the American writer who is tasked with enlisting Changez's help in saving the life of his friend who was kidnapped by terrorists. Kate Hudson was less convincing to me as Changez's N.Y. artist girlfriend. The movie is well worth watching for anyone concerned about current world issues such as how ordinary young men become Muslim fundamentalist terrorists. (Mira Nair's previous films, most notably Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding have won numerous awards.")
3-14-13 Mira Nair on "The Reluctant Fundamentalist--Crossing Dangerous Borders" by Fred Kaplan
- Mira Nair on ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ - NYTimes.com
Against long odds, the director Mira Nair brings “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a novel about a long cafe conversation with a possible terrorist, to the big screen.
4-25-13NYTimes Review of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Manhola Darghis
- ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist,’ Directed by Mira Nair - NYTimes.com
Mira Nair's "Reluctant Fundamentalist" is an adaptation of a 2007 novel, in which a young Pakistani university lecturer reminiscences about his life in America.
3-05-16 National Post Review
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist review: Better than Mohsin Hamid’s book | Movies | Arts | Nat
It’s rare for a movie to improve on the book on which it’s based, but Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist does just that
Riz Ahmed Wikibio
- Riz Ahmed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rizwan "Riz" Ahmed (b.1982), also known as Riz MC or the Rizmeister General is a British actor and rapper from Wembley, London, of Pakistani heritage.
Mira Nair Wikibio
- Mira Nair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mira Nair (born 15 October 1957) is an Indian film director and producer based in New York. Her production company is Mirabai Films.
Kiefer Sutherland Wikibio
- Kiefer Sutherland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kiefer William Sutherland (born 21 December 1966) is a British-born Canadian actor, film producer, and film director. He is best known for his portrayal of Jack Bauer on the Fox series 24