In Theatres: 
Aug 27, 2008
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Don Cheadle plays Samir Horn, an illegal explosives dealer, who finds himself intermingling with terrorists set on carrying out bombings all over America. With the FBI hot on his trail he must hide a secret from both the Fed’s and the terrorists.

First off the chemistry between Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) and Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) is phenomenal. Both actors are superb in their roles. The chemistry between Cheadle and Saïd Taghmaoui (Hidalgo) is spectacular as well. There isn’t a whole lot to complain about as far as the acting goes but the film is less then genuine. Traitor is one giant part The Departed/Infernal Affairs with some traces of The Siege and The Kingdom stuck in there. I also hated that Cheadle’s character was so clichéd. His character seemed like a Steven Seagal throw away: the usual training and smarts deeming him almost untouchable. They should have gone a different route on this one. There are bits and pieces of dialogue that have something to say but for the most part the film drags heavily especially towards the back end when things become so blatantly obvious. If your into the old cloak and dagger type films this one should carry your interest the first time you see it but once you’ve seen it chances are you wont watch it again anytime soon.

AJ Garcia
Review by AJ Garcia
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