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The War Within (2005)



Critic Consensus: The War Within attempts to get into the mind of a terrorist, and the result is believable and unsettling.

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The drama The War Within attempts to put a human face on a suicide bomber. Ayad Akhtar plays Hassan, a student from Pakistan matriculating in Paris. He is arrested for being a possible terrorist, and his brutal handling puts him in the mood for revenge when he eventually gets released. He becomes involved in a terrorist organization and eventually makes his way to the United Sates in order to carry out a bombing plot. When the other members in the plan are arrested, Hassan begins living with an old friend of his who lives a normal American life. Hassan begins to question his desire to go through with the bombing plot when he sees the happiness of his old friend.

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Samrat Chakrabarti
as Chief Inspector Khan
Mike McGlone
as Mike O'Reilly
Kamal Marayati
as Imam Hamza
James Rana
as Saudi Man
Christine Commesso
as News Anchorwoman
John Zibell
as Officer Carroll
David Bishins
as Tall Agent
Angel Desai
as Reporter
Per Melita
as Terrorist
Roy Farfel
as CIA Agent #1
Jeff Ward
as CIA Agent #2
Glenn Pike
as CIA Agent #3
Vanessa Landino
as Receptionist
Deepti Gupta
as Woman #1
Farah Bala
as Woman #2
Deepa Purohit
as Woman #3
Goli Samii
as Female Passenger
Troy Hall
as Male Passenger #1
David Connolly
as Male Passenger #2
Dianne Busch
as Ticket Clerk
Manny Siverio
as Stunt Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for The War Within

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (26)

Akhtar, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is unable to convey Hassan's internal conflicts with any force.

July 7, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 2, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Very good.

November 21, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Madly rational and persuasive political drama.

Full Review… | November 2, 2005
Top Critic

Well-made, well-informed and apparently well-meant psychological thriller.

October 14, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Call it a portrait of a mild-mannered zealot, one that seeps under the skin and unsettles the nerves.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The War Within

This movie is just not very good. The plot is mildly interesting at best. The acting is mediocre. And it appears as though the budget was somewhere in the ballpark of 30 bucks.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

The War Within succeeds only as a thriller with some wartime overtones, rather than as a character study that thrills. Sometimes too pat and sometimes ragged with omissions and confusions, but it's still a fascinating look outside of that familiar world and into a harsher one.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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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