When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle). A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down. Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and...
When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle). A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down. Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue.
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168 critic reviews
64,190 user reviews
3/27/2009 by Tom Huddlestone
Once the pieces fall into place, it loses momentum, meandering towards a contrived climax in which all ambiguity is swept aside and the forces of righteous democracy prove reassuringly triumphant.
At the Movies
11/7/2008 by Ben Lyons
A good political action movie that makes you use your brain a little bit.
At the Movies
11/7/2008 by Ben Mankiewicz
It was complicated but ultimately it failed in that attempt to deliver a complicated message.
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
11/7/2008 by Ruth Hessey
Let's just say this is a well paced thriller with a strong cast -- it's good to see Guy Pearce on screen -- but the terrorist threat which obsessed the recent Bush administration has been dwarfed by a couple of things...
Wall Street Journal
8/29/2008 by Joanne Kaufman
Promising premise devolves into a by-the-numbers espionage thriller.
8/29/2008 by Linda Barnard
Traitor gets a leg up thanks to a solid cast, including Guy Pearce, an underused Jeff Daniels and chiefly Cheadle's Horn, whose quiet dignity makes his blurred loyalties believable and his true sympathies indefinable.
Globe and Mail
8/29/2008 by Jennie Punter
Traitor becomes too busy, ultimately frustrating, and never delivers on its tantalizing promise of offering a little insight into terrorists' motives -- and it's even got an inside man.
8/28/2008 by Lisa Schwarzbaum
The wait isn't worth it in this fearmongering, opportunistic political/spy thriller, a slippery entertainment that's all feints and few punches thrown at a fight card of indistinguishable terrorists, Muslim and otherwise.
8/27/2008 by J. R. Jones
The script seldom rises above formula, but its respectful treatment of Islam is both unusual and welcome.
8/27/2008 by Philip Kennicott
Traitor traffics in the cliches of the terrorist chase film -- including the usual stereotypes of Muslims -- while trying not to succumb to outright bigotry.
8/27/2008 by Mark Rahner
First-time director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, known for The Day After Tomorrow script, wrote the screenplay. Of all people, Steve Martin came up with the idea. It is neither wild nor crazy.
San Francisco Chronicle
8/27/2008 by Reyhan Harmanci
Traitor delivers plot twists but few real surprises.
8/27/2008 by James Berardinelli
Traitor is smart, effective, and at times suspenseful. It's one of a very few terrorist-themed movies that presents its situation without resorting to exploitation or oversimplification.
8/27/2008 by Carrie Rickey
Observing the conventions of the millennial thriller, it succeeds in amping up the suspense. Yet it never fully engages the ethical conflicts it raises.
8/27/2008 by Roger Moore
Ripped-from-the-headlines realism, top-drawer performances by Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, a dandy 'ticking clock' story structure and a vast catalog of terrorist modus operandi make this as harrowing as it is timely.
8/27/2008 by Nathan Rabin
Without its mesmerizing lead performance, Traitor easily could have devolved into direct-to-DVD fodder. Instead, Cheadle illustrates how great acting can elevate standard-issue material into something much more haunting and ambiguous.
8/27/2008 by Rafer Guzman
To call Traitor deeper than the average Hollywood thriller may not be saying much, but the film deserves credit for trying to both challenge and entertain its audience.
8/27/2008 by Stephen Whitty
Ultimately the film is both too contrived and too casual, both relentless in the way it manipulates its plot and sloppy in its understanding of the consequences.
New York Post
8/27/2008 by Lou Lumenick
A solid, intelligent international thriller showcasing the underrated Don Cheadle in an intriguing and morally ambiguous role, Traitor is the best end-of-August movie I've seen in years.
New York Daily News
8/27/2008 by Joe Neumaier
The twisty, turny Traitor succeeds where similarly topical thrillers often fail because, like its protagonist, it plays its cards close to the vest.
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