The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

DVD - 2013
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When an American academic in Pakistan is kidnapped by anti-American radicals, the CIA thinks popular young Pakistani professor Changez is involved. But as Changez tells his story about his life in the US to an American foreign correspondent, the truth becomes harder to pin down.
Publisher: New York, NY : IFC Films, 2013.
ISBN: 9780788616945
0788616943
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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jeanniewynne13
Mar 07, 2021

Very different from the book! The secret service action, etc. in the movie is not in the book, taking up where the book left off. While the movie was pretty well done, I actually preferred the book.

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richibi
Nov 19, 2019

a Pakistani, educated in the U.S., becomes radicalized, however "reluctantly", after 9/11, and we're called upon to be sympathetic - bad lighting, everyone lit in shadows or silhouetted, is, throughout, very annoying

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susancp61
Nov 24, 2018

Well worth watching.
Good acting.
Good plot.

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Nursebob
May 21, 2018

Both one man’s search for identity in a time of global hysteria and a watered down thriller as Pakistani professor and cynical American reporter become all too aware of political storm clouds gathering around them, Mira Nair’s big screen adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel works best when it concentrates on Khan’s individual relationships rather than the “bigger picture” his life is obviously meant to mirror. Loving America yet also angry at that country’s covert operations in his own, Khan’s interactions with the people around him say more than any polemic could. His father (the great Om Puri) embraces the old ways, his privileged New York artist girlfriend (Kate Hudson) highlights cultural misunderstanding with a post 9/11 gallery exhibit, and the reporter himself (ironic name) carries a hidden agenda while at the same time trying to appear objective. Canada’s own Kiefer Sutherland plays the Ugly Capitalist as Changez’s ruthlessly pragmatic former boss. And of course there’s the usual assortment of churlish Americans and outraged Moslems—the peaceful Khan suffering various humiliations at the hands of the former, and a cautious empathy with the latter. But with everyone in the film swinging their fists, Nair wisely chooses to focus her camera on just a few choice bruises.

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richmole
Mar 31, 2018

"A Pakistani ... the American dream well within his reach ...the twin towers are attacked...he finds himself embroiled in a hostage crisis...". Sounds like a thriller.

Well...not exactly. But that's good; this movie avoids ALL the thriller cliches and goes after--and achieves--something quite unique. One: it's not about 9/11, but rather, the EFFECT of 9/11 to good, native-born Americans and good, recent immigrants. Two: the hostage crisis doesn't take place in America at all...

A great and topical story (screenplay by Mohsin Hamin from his own novel), extremely well acted by all, including Kiefer Sutherland in a great supporting role, Kate Hudson in terrific part of the conflicted American girl-friend, Liev Schreiber in one of his best roles as a compromised journalist and, most of all, young British actor, Riz Ahmed as the "fundamentalist" (and that's NOT what you think it is...)

Wife and I watched it with a friend...all three of us transfixed. Lots of suspense...but lots more besides. This is a good one.

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Vivica
Jun 17, 2016

The central character is shallow & unlikable. The reasons used for justifying his conversion are pretty flimsy - on the whole ... I found the film transparently manipulative.

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JoaBiblio
May 29, 2016

Interesting thesis-movie.
Many layers to read through.
Well done by Liev Schreiber (though his is an interior story).
Heart-wrenching journey that of Changez. (Playing with his -French? - name?).
It's worth watching the movie.

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ceiligh
Oct 22, 2015

An interesting film.
Enjoyable soundtrack.

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smorgen
Jul 29, 2015

Wow what a fantastic film!!!

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tenet
Mar 24, 2015

Rated 1/10.

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2014

Changez (began life in New York City as a financial analysts): “I was . . . never an American; I was immediately a New Yorker.”

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jimg2000
Mar 22, 2014

From IMDB: ------ Nazmi Kemal: Nazmi: "Have you heard of the janissaries?" -----

Changez: Changez: "No." ----

Nazmi Kemal: Nazmi: "They were Christian boys, captured by the Ottomans at an early age. They were educated to forget their own culture and trained to be soldiers in their army. Then, as fanatical Muslims, they were set loose on the Christian countries from which they were taken."

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