The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mira Nair (2012)

124min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Though a few liberties have been taken with Mohsin Hamid's novel, this study of modern-day racial tensions is admirably faithful to the spirit of its source, despite a complete overhaul of its ambiguous framing device. Riz Ahmed stars as Changez, a Pakistani man from a good family who moves to the West to chase the American Dream, only to find his hopes for the future dashed in the Islamophobic backlash to the events of 9/11. Told in flashback - with Changez now a teacher in Lahore, accused of radicalising his students - Mira Nair's thoughtful, provocative drama seems to unfurl in reverse. Has his frustration and disillusionment finally driven the once mild-mannered Changez to terrorism? The splendid Ahmed keeps us guessing to the very end. The pay-off is a little worthy, and some of the Hollywood cameos (Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson) can be jarring, but this is a film that makes some very interesting points about how society and the media can combine to create history's monsters.

Summary

A Pakistani professor is visited by an American journalist, who wants to interview him about a recent kidnapping. The academic tells the story of his life in the US, and how he was falsely regarded as a potential terrorist in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks - an experience that drove him to radical politics. Drama based on Mohsin Hamid's novel, starring Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Changez Riz Ahmed
Bobby Lincoln Liev Schreiber
Erica Kate Hudson
Jim Cross Kiefer Sutherland
Abu Om Puri
Ammi Shabana Azmi
Ludlow Cooper Martin Donovan
Wainwright Nelsan Ellis
Director Mira Nair
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Mara PicturesGuidance: Swearing, some violence, a sex scene.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 May 2013
Drama