The Cult of the Suicide Bomber (2006)


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In this documentary exploring the origins and motivations of the modern-day suicide bomber, former CIA spy Robert Baer (the basis for George Clooney's character in the film Syriana) travels to the Middle East to investigate the root of the chilling "pathological virus" that has driven many desperate fanatics to seek honor and glory through death and destruction. From the 13-year-old boy that would serve as the world's first suicide bomber during the Iran-Iraq War to the truck bombers of South Lebanon and the modern-day "martyrs" who strap themselves with explosives before boarding Tel Aviv busses, Baer attempts to find out where the concept of suicide bombing went from battlefield strategy to urban-warfare standard. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for The Cult of the Suicide Bomber

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The film effectively tracks the modern history of the insidious trend.

Jul 25, 2006

A fascinating history of how blowing yourself up became a popular hobby in the Muslim world.

Jun 2, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Narrator Robert Baer tries to understand why humans would give up their lives to take those of others, and he's gained remarkable access to those at the center of this ideology.

Jun 2, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

An engrossing if intellectually thin documentary that purports to explain how suicide bombing evolved from a weapon of war into a weapon of terror.

Jun 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

[Robert] Baer's Tocquevillean tour is a spare but indispensable political-cultural exposé of a country and region poised to play an increasing and increasingly troubling role in the history of our own.

Jun 1, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
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Thoughtful, incisive, controversial docu.

Jun 1, 2006 | Full Review…
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