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With: Ayad Akhtar, Firdous Bamji, Nandana Sen, Sarita Choudhury, Charles Daniel Sandoval, Varun Sriram, Aasif Mandvi
Written by: Ayad Akhtar, Joseph Castelo, Tom Glynn
Directed by: Joseph Castelo
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: In English, French and Urdu with English subtitles
Running Time: 93
Date: 03/19/2013
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The War Within (2005)

2 Stars (out of 4)

Bomb Swelter

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

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Telling the story of a Pakistani-born suicide bomber, Hassan (Ayad Akhtar), in New York, The War Within nervously reduces its characters to symbols and its plot to contrivances. Contrary to the title, Hassan never appears to experience any kind of inner war; he's made up his mind from the start. In fact, none of the characters change in the slightest except when the plot calls for it; nothing moves organically. Director and co-writer Joseph Castelo manages to coax some good performances, but the film is too timid to really grapple with its intense subject matter and too unpleasant to draw much attention.