Traitor (DVD)

Killing in the name of…

There’s a sense that not all is as it seems at the beginning of Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s explosive thriller; for a start, Don Cheadle is playing a bad guy. Yes, hard as it is to believe Cheadle, the loveable Cock-er-ny rogue from the Ocean’s movies, stars as Samir Hord, a former US Special Operations officer who is now selling bombs to Islamic radicals in Yemen. But he hadn’t reckoned on the due diligence of FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce), and is caught up in a raid and imprisoned. Befriending an influential fellow inmate, Samir becomes part of an escape plot, gains his freedom and becomes integral to a plot to simultaneously blow up buses across small town America. But is he really a terrorist at heart?

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Knowing (DVD)

Although Nicolas Cage is becoming increasingly in danger of following John Travolta down the path of over-bloated pantomime acting, he’s certainly still watchable enough to carry a film. And it’s thanks largely to him, and to some strong support from Rose Byrne, that Knowing has some backbone to go with its (admittedly, impressive) CGI overload and apocalyptic outlook. Unfortunately, however, he’s not sturdy enough to shoulder the film’s jaw-droppingly bad ending.

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