The War Within Reviews

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July 7, 2006
Akhtar, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is unable to convey Hassan's internal conflicts with any force.
December 2, 2005
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.
November 21, 2005
Very good.
November 2, 2005
Madly rational and persuasive political drama.
October 14, 2005
Well-made, well-informed and apparently well-meant psychological thriller.
October 14, 2005
Call it a portrait of a mild-mannered zealot, one that seeps under the skin and unsettles the nerves.
October 14, 2005
With subject matter so potentially intense, it's a ho-hum thriller with a predictable outcome.
October 14, 2005
The picture 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.
October 14, 2005
Shows the reality and tragedy of gulfs between human beings who might otherwise learn to love each other.
October 14, 2005
This movie doesn't take the easy way out. Instead it tries to track the ripples of devastation caused by misunderstanding and then blind dedication.
October 14, 2005
The details the film provides of how a lonely true believer might try to wreak havoc on thousands of strangers are horrifyingly believable.
October 13, 2005
All this is neatly laid out -- too neatly. The results lack the shadows and fog of real life.
October 6, 2005
The War Within is not entirely free from an aura of didacticism or contrivance, but the film by and large functions as a taut thriller.
October 6, 2005
A jarringly realistic, psychologically astute portrait of a budding suicide bomber with his eyes set on Grand Central Station.
October 5, 2005
Along with the obvious practical, political self-interest, there's an undeniable creepy voyeurism that enters our desire to know what goes on in the mind of a suicide bomber.
October 4, 2005
An honorable but failed attempt to dramatize the dynamics that propel a basically good man to become a suicide bomber.
September 30, 2005
This is the sort of material guaranteed to disquiet anyone who lived through 9/11, but rather than exploiting the memories for easy genre thrills, director Joseph Castelo tries to confront the underlying situation.
September 30, 2005
Chillingly realistic but deeply repellent, The War Within is a film that should not have been made.
September 30, 2005
Despite an admirable effort to explore topical concerns, both director and actor are obviously overwhelmed by the immensity of the subject matter.
September 30, 2005
The War Within succeeds only as a thriller with some wartime overtones, rather than as a character study that thrills.
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