The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mira Nair + The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Friday, September 30 th, 2016 at 00:09 am Dr. Joy Browne
Director (s):
Mira Nair
Starring:
Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland
Genre:
Thriller
Theme:
American Dream, Politics

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is directed by Mira Nair and has an extremely charismatic leading man and a lot of supporting players including Kiefer Sutherland and Liev Schreiber who bring a lot of American glamour to what’s a too long but interesting story about a young Pakistani boy who comes to the United States to live out the American dream and becomes incredibly successful. He then realizes what he’s doing is not particularly nice and goes back to Pakistan. The most meaningful part of the movie for me is when he’s standing in front of his class at the University and says to his students, “I lived the American dream, what’s the Pakistani dream?” For that alone I think the movie is worthwhile. The story is told essentially in flashback because Liev Schreiber, who plays a reporter/perhaps CIA agent, tries to get our hero to tell us where a kidnapped professor may be. It’s too long and really needed to be significantly edited, but it is a meaningful movie and makes you think about something in a way you hadn’t before. Four stars.

Joy Meter