Traitor's Layered Thrills Impress

'Twisty' plot covers all sides of the story
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2008 7:40 PM CDT
In this image released by Overture films, Guy Pearce, left, and Don Cheadle are shown in a scene from, "Traitor."    (AP Photo/Overture Films, Rafy)
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(Newser) – Critics are impressed with terrorism thriller Traitor’s maze of a plot, superb acting, and moral ambiguity. The film squeezes “a vast and sometimes contradictory compendium of post-9/11 fears and anxieties into 110 swift minutes” while trying “to cover every side and cater to just about every possible ideological objection,” writes A.O. Scott in the New York Times.

“Don Cheadle reaffirms his excellence” in a “snakelike” film “about messing with our sympathies, craftily,” notes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. And with “a sense of gripping, '70s-style grittiness,” Traitor “succeeds where similarly topical thrillers often fail because it plays its cards close to the vest,” writes Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News.