2008, PG-13, ***
Starring: Don Cheadle, Guy Pierce, Jeff Daniels
By: Meredith A. Iager
Samir Horn is a devout Muslim. He watched his father die in a car bomb when he was a child living in Sudan. From that day forward Samir (Cheadle, "Reign Over Me," "Crash") set out on a mission of faith to assist his own beliefs and make a career in the FBI in deep cover-suicide bombing missions.
This film is very thought provoking suspense-drama. It is slow at times, but scenes can sneak up on you and become interesting. The film shows the terrorists from their perspective instead of all the media type we get on the tube, everyday. Don Cheadle always gives us something to ponder about-life, religion, and the power of human thought.
Samir (Cheadle) is in a terrorist group and meshes in easily due to his long time practices of Islam. He sells bombs to terror organizations while assisting the development of suicide bombing missions. He is directed by FBI agent (Jeff Daniels) who knows about his risky assignments. Samir is essentially like kin to a knit of Muslim suicide bombers that think they're going to paradise and restore their faith in Allah and make great contribution by murdering men (even if they only kill a few) for the "greater good" of the Islamic community.
When everything goes haywire and people are killed on a mission that was supposed to be a FBI set up Cheadle begins to question his FBI work and asks for Allah's forgiveness. The film also stars Guy Pierce as one of the FBI agents tracking Cheadle.
This movie is at least a one-time watcher-unless you are a real buff on any type of politically driven film.