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Directed By
Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Written By:
Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Steve Martin

Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough, Said Taghmaoui, Archie Panjabi, Lorena Gale, Simon Reynolds, Jonathan Walker, Giota Trakas, Raad Rawi, Tom Barnett, Jeff Kassel, Mozhan MarnÚ, Paulino Nunes, Aly Khan, David Clark, Dani Jazzar, Joe Sinopoli, Suzy Brack, John Rainone jr., Hassam Ghancy, Alexandra Castillo, Daniela Saioni, Myriam Blanckaert, Mike McPhaden, Patrick Rodney Barnes, Shahla Kareen, Scali Delpeyrat, Alaa Oumouzoune

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Movie Review by Zara
December 25th, 2008

McDonough and Pearce have worked together before and it took me more than a good half of the movie to put that thought into focus. I don't know why it stood out to me so much in a movie that is filled with great character analysis questions in our modern times of war. I guess because that movie was set during a different war with vastly different circumstances.

While I liked this movie and its implications of who is right for doing what under what reasons and how easily a person could be swayed to committing "treason" under a ruling or religion that they did or did not disagree with, the acting is so terrifically spotty in this movie that I cannot over look it. While Pearce is shining, Cheadle, normally known for being able to turn in a thought provoking performance, is blank faced and shallow. I would have thought higher of the movie if he looked more involved in his role. Instead, I think he emoted more than just over that of the acting level of a mushroom.

For modern times, this is a good profile in war. There is more focus on the religious aspect of it, drawing questionable angles for more than just one side of the coin. While I can't claim to understand believing that your religious beliefs should lead you to justifying morals that can't be substantiated without it.... ah, hell. I don't make sense to myself at this point. I should stop kidding myself that I'm coherent. Ha.

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