When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.
Samir Horn is a former soldier, a devout Muslim, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United States to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack. Will the intelligence agencies talk to each other, and can Horn be stopped?
27 August 2008 (USA)
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Rotten Tomatoes reported that 63% of critics gave positive reviews based on 166 reviews, with the summary, “Despite another reliable performance from Don Cheadle, Traitor suffers from too many cliches and an unfocused narrative.” Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave the film a 60/100 approval rating based on 29 reviews.
Cheadle’s performance was praised. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four and wrote in his review, “The movie proceeds quickly, seems to know its subject matter, is fascinating in its portrait of the inner politics and structure of the terrorist group, and comes uncomfortably close to reality. But what holds it together is the Cheadle character.”
The film opened #5 with $7 million on its opening weekend. As of November 23, the film has grossed $23.5 million in Canada and the United States, and $2.2 million in other markets, including $800,000 in Australia, for a total $27.6 million worldwide.