Movie Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist (NC 16)

Movie: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed) is part of the privileged class in his native Pakistan. He graduates from Princeton, takes up a job as a hotshot financial analyst in New York and falls in love with Erica, a photographer (Kate Hudson).

Then terrorists attack the World Trade Center twin towers in New York on Sept 11, 2001, and his world begins to crumble.

Based on Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid's 2007 bestseller of the same name, the film does not delve into the rights and wrongs of what a heightened security environment means for someone who fits a certain profile - regardless of whether he is a terrorist - but it shows the disillusionment and resentment it creates.

Ultimately, the film provides a resolution to the question it poses but, to its credit, it does not presume to give easy answers.


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