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The War Within (Over the Mountains)
A terror plot turns personal for a determined Islamic fundamentalist whose unsuspecting old friend welcomes him into his home under false pretenses in director Joseph Castelo's topical character study. Hassan's (Ayad Akhtar) religious fundamentalism has set him on a path to destruction. After being physically and mentally broken down in Pakistan, Hassan has arrived in New York to carry out a horrifying mission. It's been years since Hassan has seen his old friend Sayeed (Firdous Bamji), but when Hassan shows up on Sayeed's doorstep looking for a place to stay while in New York… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"Akhtar, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is unable to convey Hassan's internal conflicts with any force."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"Madly rational and persuasive political drama."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"This is a film to unnerve any New Yorker, as it wanders city landmarks, like Grand Central Terminal, with destruction in mind..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"An affecting portrait of the torturous schism between radical Muslims and those who've embraced the West."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"Castelo, working with a meager budget and few familiar faces..., adroitly turns Hassan's moral and religious struggle into a tension-building experience."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The storyline in The War Within is far from fluid and, at times, overwrought. But it doesn't stop the film from capturing one's interest."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Well-made, well-informed and apparently well-meant psychological thriller."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Slow moving yet thoroughly engrossing..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"You glance at Hassan with sympathy, which is immediately neutralized by the assurance that this man would kill you without a thought in the name of his god. You pray to yours that he'll change his mind."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"...a challenging film that builds to a riveting climax and is certain to spark discussion across partisan lines."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Very good."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Call it a portrait of a mild-mannered zealot, one that seeps under the skin and unsettles the nerves."
‑ Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post
"The premise is indeed engaging, but the conversations are simplistic."
‑ Angela Baldassarre, Sympatico.ca
"You just can't believe Hassan can see so much innocent humanity and still choose mass murder. And then Hassan quietly intones "God is great," and you realize he can no longer see them at all."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The very model of the self-hating liberal consciousness; no matter his better intentions, he finds himself blaming the victim for the crime."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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