“A Great Concept That Is Misdirected Though Well Acted.”
March 25th, 2011
Interesting movie idea that just falls short. first, I very much enjoyed the contrast of faiths and ideologies. Second, the acting was generally good, especially Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and Saïd Taghmaoui (for what material they had available to work with). Unfortunately the movie fails to live up to its potential. My biggest complaints are two-fold: (1) the writer/director paint the contrasting ideologies and, in particular, the faiths with too broad a stroke. It would be nice if all Christians and Muslims fit into such neat, cliche categories, but unfortunately for this film those lines aren't so neat. (2) The movie never "sells" Cheadle's character and the drama present within the film (a writing/directing flaw, not acting); can't say much more than that without giving too much away. This movie could really pull some heart strings and illicit some pretty emotional responses (in a non-sensationalized way), but stays pretty shallow and ultimately misses the mark. Three stars for acting and idea.