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The War Within (Over the Mountains) Reviews

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April 25, 2013
Great insight into the mind of a terrorist. A fabulously non-preachy political film.
March 16, 2012
Ayad Akhtar is entirely believable and a marvelous actor. Saw the film on DVD from Netflix and well worth the time. Gives the viewer much to reflect upon.
April 27, 2011
This was an exceptional movie- it displays human potential to the fullest, delving into the mind of a man who was 'softened' during his rendition. The choices he makes, and the moralities he fabricates leading to a very climatic ending. Would watch it again, given the chance.
April 26, 2011
Watched in class, very slow and not very interesting
January 29, 2010
i found this movie to be a bit of a mixed bag. good acting and an interesting angle on the terrrorism issue were plusses. however, i never felt totally emotionally involved with the story despite the gravity of the subject matter. perhaps the characters needed more fleshing out....also on a technical note, the movie is in english with spanish subtitles only. some of the dialogue was
incomprehensible and english subtitles would have helped immensely.
Pedro P

Super Reviewer

April 13, 2009
It does a fairly good job of laying out the basic political motives behind Islamic terrorism. Unfortunately, as a drama, it has its narrative peak in the middle and quickly runs out of story afterward. The film couldn't be more topical, but in the end it feels schematic, and you sense that the filmmakers are trying too hard to be even-handed.

Super Reviewer

March 11, 2008
Definitely wanna see!
May 11, 2007
oh, so a story about a poor Pakistani who's actually radicalized by nasty western intelligence services??? oh yeah, cause terrorism is our fault, nobody would be radical without the "West" making it that way. We're at fault...
April 27, 2007
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.'

Super Reviewer

November 30, 2006
[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]
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[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]
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[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]
October 28, 2006
Amazing movie, very well done both acting and directing.
January 26, 2006
What a powerful and tremdous film, very disturbing yet poignant- not an easy task. But it works thanks to director Joseph Castelo. The performances are real and rich, especially Ayad Akhtar. Completely convincing, always compelling. A remarkable film, and on of the best in 2005.
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