Jacob's Review of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
An intimate, interesting portrayal of a man who loves America.
Mira Nair has made some compelling cinema in her life--and hopefully there is much more to come. I have to give her props here for crafting a compelling film that is focused on a subject that I have (had?) no interest in.
The format of interweaving "current" events with flashbacks rarely works, but Nair does a nice tiptoe balancing act to shuttle between the two distinct sections of the film in a way that isn't obnoxious or obtrusive.
The characters are compelling, especially with the stand-out performance from Riz Ahmed.