The Reluctant Fundamentalist


Riz Ahmed is a compelling presence in an overcomplicated drama

Director Mira Nair’s (Monsoon Wedding) latest has a backstory almost as complicated as its main character’s.
Adapted from Moshin Hamid’s Booker-nominated novel, this unusual globetrotting thriller follows Pakistani student Changez (Riz Ahmed) through corporate America, until 9/11 destroys his immigrant dream.
The question for Liev Schreiber’s inquisitor is: has Changez turned terrorist?
Kate Hudson’s limp love interest is the main casualty of the adaptation process, but Ahmed is a compelling screen presence, and the twisty plot keeps you guessing to the end.

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