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The Reluctant Fundamentalist mini review

The Reluctant Fundamentalist green light Kiefer Sutherland Riz Ahmed

A provocative, ambitious drama about the unconsidered assumptions that power our cultures, for good or ill.
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Based on the bestselling novel, this is a provocative, ambitious drama that explores the unconsidered assumptions — about religion, romance, finance, and other philosophies — that power our cultures, for good or ill, seen through the eyes of a young Pakistani man who is transformed from a ruthless Wall Street capitalist to a Muslim scholar in Lahore by the dehumanization he experiences as a brown-skinned man in New York in the wake of 9/11. Good all around, but most notable for the powerful performance of up-and-comer Riz Ahemd in the lead.


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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2013)
US/Can release: Apr 26 2013
UK/Ire release: May 10 2013

MPAA: rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality
BBFC: rated 15 (contains strong language)

viewed in 2D
viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb | trailer
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