This movie came out 2010, why hasn’t anyone talked about it? Because everyone was too busy waiting for Harry Potter (deus ex machina for idiots). This move asks questions that no one is willing to answer. The story is as follows: An American born Muslim convert plants three nuclear bombs around the country and purposefully gets captured in order to be tortured. An independent agent (Samuel L. Jackson) uses enhanced interrogation methods to find where the bombs are before it is too late. He enlists the help of an FBI agent Brody (played by Carrie Anne Moss AKA Trinity). The movie vacillates between finding sympathy for the terrorist and questioning the moral rectitude of torture but also maintaining that the ends justify the means.
The ending is quite a shock but asks many questions without giving the answers. Although it’s a great concept, I can’t help but feel the makers of the film use Islamic terrorism as a way to make the viewer accept the premise but also that the terrorist is actually born white so as to not be “too racist.” A lot of the final act feels like a cop out. As a Muslim/Arab myself, I was not at all offended, but I feel that the culture would be way too offended (see: South Park, Danish Cartoons). I also find it ironic that Trinity is again fighting an agent in a post 9/11 world just as she was in a movie that preceded 9/11 by not too much.