The War Within (2005)
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as Chief Inspector Khan
as Mike O'Reilly
as Imam Hamza
as Saudi Man
as News Anchorwoman
as Officer Carroll
as Cop #1
as Cop #2
as Agent #1
as Agent #2
as Tall Agent
as CIA Agent #1
as CIA Agent #2
as CIA Agent #3
as Woman #2
as Woman #3
as Female Passenger
as Male Passenger #1
as Male Passenger #2
as Ticket Clerk
as Stunt Coordinator
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Akhtar, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is unable to convey Hassan's internal conflicts with any force.
The storyline in The War Within is far from fluid and, at times, overwrought. But it doesn't stop the film from capturing one's interest.
Well-made, well-informed and apparently well-meant psychological thriller.
Audience Reviews for The War Within
[font=Century Gothic]"The War Within" starts with Hassan(Ayad Akhtar) walking down a street in Paris minding his own business when he is unceremoniously snatched by authorities. He is sent to Pakistan under the practice of extraordinary rendition to be tortured about terrorist activities he knows nothing about.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Three years later, Hassan is a changed man. He is smuggled into the United States, as part of a terrorist cell, targeting New York City landmarks. Hassan is assigned Grand Central Station.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"The War Within" is a quietly chilling, subtle and stunning movie that takes a disparaging view of the War on Terror while offering no easy answers. Overall, the movie is sympathetic for the vast majority of Muslims who are caught in the middle between the government that automatically suspects them of violent activities and terrorists who pervert their religion for their own nefarious goals. Remember, the surest way to radicalize somebody is to arrest, torture and then place them in the company of fanatics. [/font]
What brings a man to strap explosives to his body and head to Grand Central Station? Definitely a movie that could generate some lively discussion and debate. Passion and conviction depicted without over the top theatrics...beautiful shots of NYC...moral and philisophical questions for contemplation.
I really liked the late night conversation between Hassan and his best friends son where he tries to, in basic terms, explain what is happening overseas to his 'brothers and sisters'. "What would you do if your neighbors decided they wanted to take your house and force you to move to the backyard? And, they had the police on their side. And then, what would happen if they found there was oil under the backyard and they wanted that too so you had to leave and they had the mayor on their side? What would you do?" Eventually, the little boy says, 'Fight'.
'Your government takes actions of which its people are unaware. But ignorance is not innocence.'
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