Theatrical Release: August 27, 2008


When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn (Don Cheadle). A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down.

The inter-agency task force looking into the case meets with Carter (Jeff Daniels), a veteran CIA contractor who seemingly has his own agenda and Max Archer (Neal McDonough), a fellow FBI agent. The task force links Horn to a prison break in Yemen, a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, but a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his quarry is a disaffected former military operative — or something far more complicated.

Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue.

Dove Review

This is one of those political intrigue movies which, if you have to take a restroom break, you may well be totally in the dark when you return. The film takes place everywhere from the Sudan to Spain to Toronto and L.A. as well as a few other geographical sites. Samir Horn (Don Cheadle) is a Muslim who is against extreme Islamic terrorist acts. However, due to a few slip-ups, he winds up responsible for several people dying by the detonation of a bomb. He attempts to make up for it by betraying his terrorist companions (hence the title “Traitor”) and helping the FBI to bring them to justice. He makes an interesting comment that one person who kills one innocent man kills the entire human race. He is feeling guilt when the son of a Baptist minister says that he who saves one life saves all of mankind. Along the way there is a lot of violence and corpses left in the wake.

Due to some strong language and the violence level, this film cannot receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A few sexual innuendos and strong sexual comments.
Language: F-1; S-13; A-2; H-2; SOB-1; G/OMG-1; C*ap-1; P-1
Violence: Car bombs and explosions; a truck bomb kills 11 people; a bomb goes off on bus and kills people; a man is shot in shoulder; a character is seen making a bomb; several people shot; some blood and a couple characters are seen as bullets strike their foreheads.
Drugs: A few scenes of drinking and smoking; a bar scene.
Nudity: Some women in bikinis; shirtless men.
Other: A Christian group is mentioned along with the comment that every religion has more than one face; Allah is mentioned several times and prayed to.


Company: Overture Films
Writer: Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Steve Martin
Producer: Don Cheadle
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 114 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter