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Pakistani Princeton graduate whose life is forever altered by the 9/11 in “THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST”

Published on August 28, 2013 by in New Releases

Directed by: Mira Nair
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland

Mohsin Hamid’s international best-seller concerning a Pakistani Princeton graduate whose life is forever altered by the 9/11 terrorist attacks arrives on the screen courtesy of celebrated filmmaker Mira Nair (MONSOON WEDDING, SALAAM BOMBAY!). Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) was a bright Wall Street business analyst working under the influential Jim Cross (Kiefer Sutherland) when two passenger jets brought down the World Trade Center as he watched in horror. His American Dream shattered alongside his future with the radiant Erica (Kate Hudson), Khan is suddenly branded an enemy in the land he called home. The humiliation of being wrongfully arrested, profiled, and interrogated soon drives Khan back to his family in Pakistan. There, Khan’s eloquence and charisma make him a natural leader among the anti-American student population, but a potential threat in the eyes of the U.S. government. Years later, American journalist Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber) tracks down Khan in Lahore to interview him about a foreign professor who has been abducted by extremists, and threatened with execution. Recognizing the danger to his family, and well aware that Lincoln has a hidden agenda, the man who slowly became the victim of his own cruel fate recounts the story of his profound and unexpected transformation, and the devastating repercussions it threatens to have on everything he holds sacred. Martin Donovan and Om Puri also star.
Reviews
“[I]ts generally gripping drama painfully confronts the great cultural divide in people‚Äôs thinking created by the tragedy of 9/11.” (Hollywood Reporter)

“Declan Quinn’s stunning cinematography makes it enthralling it to watch…” (USA Today)

“With a potent piece of fiction as its starting point and a splendid performance by RIZ AHMED as its centerpiece, RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST is richer in complexities than the films we usually get.” (Los Angeles Times)

3.5 stars out of 5 — “[A] gripping and complex drama based on the 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid about the roots of extremism.” (Washington Post)

3 stars out of 5 — “TRF is never less than fascinating, mostly thanks to a terrific performance from Ahmed that exudes intelligence and cool charisma.” (Total Film)

3 stars out of 5 — “Ahmed excels and the set-up is compelling…” (Empire)

“Riz Ahmed gives a smoldering performance that announces the arrival of a major actor.” — Grade: A- (Entertainment Weekly)

“Mr. Ahmed turns the quicksilver quality of the book’s internal monologue into a tour de force of his own creation.” (Wall Street Journal)

3 stars out of 4 — “Declan Quinn’s cinematography…fills the screen with rich shades and thick colors. Nair has made a very smart film…” (Chicago Sun-Times)

 
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