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Traitor (2008)



Critic Consensus: Despite another reliable performance from Don Cheadle, Traitor suffers from too many cliches and an unfocused narrative.

Movie Info

An undercover CIA agent within a terrorist cell is marked as a terrorist suspect by the FBI in Overture Films' upcoming thriller Traitor. Don Cheadle produces and stars in the film as the operative under Guy Pearce's investigation. Based on an idea by Steve Martin, the film is written and directed by Day After Tomorrow screenwriter Jeffrey Nachmanoff.more
Rating: PG-13 (for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 17, 2009
Box Office: $23.5M
Overture Films - Official Site


Don Cheadle
as Samir Horn
Guy Pearce
as Roy Clayton
Neal McDonough
as Max Archer
Aly Khan
as Fareed
Alyy Khan
as Fareed
Archie Panjabi
as Chandra Banks
Raad Rawi
as Nathir
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Critic Reviews for Traitor

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (40)

Once the pieces fall into place, it loses momentum, meandering towards a contrived climax in which all ambiguity is swept aside and the forces of righteous democracy prove reassuringly triumphant.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic can't help but embrace the slow-moving narrative to an increasingly palpable degree.

Full Review… | March 13, 2016
Reel Film Reviews

Simmers down into a reasonably smart little thriller with a moral conscience, yet.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
East Bay Express

If it doesn't succeed in challenging you perception of the war on terror, it might challenge your view on Steve Martin.

Full Review… | March 13, 2011
What Culture

Surprisingly, Steve Martin created this story. In a decade of wild and crazy fictional terrorism, his was the most horrifyingly plausible - one that spun terrorism as drama into uncomfortable community theater, striking the country's friendliest corners.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010

We watch for the sake of the chase, and while it's a chase that certainly proves better than most, it's also one that is good enough to have been even better than that.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Audience Reviews for Traitor


review coming.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The only person he can trust is himself.

A very solid good movie surprisingly so. The story was amazing and very creative. It's intriguing and suspenseful with a combination of drama and espionage action. The leading role acting by Don Cheadle really was impressive. The direction and photography also is top-notch. One thing that's odd about this film: it has very strong statements which will please both liberals and conservatives, both devoutly religious folks and atheists. It pretty much covers the field. Highly recommended film, Enjoy!

Samir Horn (Don Cheadle), a devout American Muslim, and a former U.S. Army Special Forces expert in explosives, has been mysteriously showing up on the FBI's radar for being in the area of terrorist bombings. FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up a task force investigation to link Horn to these bombings. Clayton is able to question Horn after he was arrested in Yemen for attempting to sell explosives to an Islamic terrorist group. The terrorists break out of prison and take Horn with them. With the help of Max Archer (Neal McDonough), Clayton is able to link Horn to a bombing of an American Consulate in Nice, and a failed police raid to capture his top terrorist contact in London. Clayton has been pursuing Horn around the world and has tracked him to the United States. Clayton must capture Horn before he strikes his next target.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


it's okay, some good action scenes. C+

Richard C

Super Reviewer

Traitor Quotes

Samir Horn: We're in prison in Yemen for terrorism. I wouldn't make any plans.
– Submitted by Rater W W (3 years ago)

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