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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
The American nightmare

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A young Princeton grad (Ahmed) starts a promising career on Wall Street when 9/11 brings its turmoil to his life. Returning to his homeland as a lecturer, his suspected ties with a terrorist organisation leads Liev Schreiber's journalist to his door.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
An interesting companion piece to Zero Dark Thirty, Mira Nair’s political but also very human drama uses the aftermath of 9/11 to explore Osama bin Laden’s legacy from a less populist angle.

Riz Ahmed stars as Changez Khan, a smart, sensitive Pakistani man who appears to drift from social conformism to radical terrorism, which we see through the eyes of an American reporter, Bobby (Liev Schreiber). Khan appears to be involved in a kidnapping, but, like Nair’s film, he has some surprises in store. The story sags a little in the middle, but Ahmed is magnetic as the ambiguous lead.

Ahmed excels and the set-up is compelling but ultimately this is middle rank stuff from the Monsoon Wedding director.

Reviewed by Damon Wise

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist In the wake of the Boston bombings Mira Nair’s topical political drama arrives in cinemas featuring a standout performance from Riz Ahmed, a British actor in the central role. Adapted from Mohsin Hamid’s novel of the same name, the story focuses on a young Pakistani man Changez (Ahmed) who sets out to achieve the American dream in pre 911 America only to bear witness to the dreams nightmare and the emergence of xenophobia afte... More

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