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Muslims in America
written by talltale February 2, 2006 - 2:44 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A whopping good movie--as timely as terror itself--THE WAR WITHIN works both as a quiet thriller that steadily intensifies and as a near-perfect picture of Muslim America at odds with itself, for good reason. There is a lot of politicizing here, but as directed and co-written by Joseph Castello, the movie comes across as scarily, sadly believable in every aspect. Lead actor/co-writer Ayad Akhtar is excellent under both hats and the rest of the cast, comprised of "knowns" (Sarita Chowdhury, John Ventimiglia and Mike McGlone) and equally fine unknowns (Firdous Bamji and Nandana Sen) delivers splendidly.

This film--with a budget as low as its importance is high--ought to be seen by every American and then discussed forever after. Or at least until this country is able to grow up and change direction, or perhaps pay for its sins. The French movie "L'Esquive," which won its country's best film award last year, was scarily prescient about the riots that took place in France later that year. You can't help but wonder what soon-to-be-reality "The War Within" foretells. Well, as dear leader Bush, with his cringe-inducing stupidity and hubris, has already told them, "Bring it on!" Heaven help us. And them.


(Average 7.29)
14 Votes
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