Formosa Betrayed
Formosa Betrayed (2010)

An FBI agent investigating the murder of a Taiwanese-American professor becomes caught up in a vast international conspiracy while aiding the Taiwanese government in catching the killer. The murder took place in the U.S., but in order to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though the real-life drama it was inspired by could certainly form the basis for a worthwhile political action thriller, Formosa Betrayed isn't it.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The sturdy political thriller Formosa Betrayed is laudable for adding the voice of native Formosans to the usual two-sided debate that reaches the American media.

Jen Chaney
Washington Post

A movie that shows us the desperation and danger of living under martial law in Taiwan during the early '80s, yet somehow never delivers the emotional gut punch the subject matter deserves.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Formosa Betrayed works better as a history lesson than as a political thriller.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It's a passionate labor of love that pointedly criticizes the U.S. government's failure to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, independent of mainland China.

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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Formosa Betrayed, a ho-hum college history lecture about modern Taiwan awkwardly disguised as a political thriller, has its heart almost in the right place.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a hopelessly uninvolving and thoroughly routine piece of work from start to finish...

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Formosa Betrayed is a history lesson dressed up as an action movie. The lesson is pretty interesting; the movie is just the far-fetched plot it hangs on.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Obviously heartfelt but somewhat stilted and disjointed.

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Worth a look for the history lesson. Just remember it is a history lesson.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
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Based on a real-life political event, it's la James Bond flick that's quite passable. While, at times, it evidently got beyond real, that particular… More
Brendan Nicholls
full of facts and interesting film quite a surprise considering james van der beek's presence. the film is well shot and well acted but the overall story… More
Tom Ericksen
For a documentary, it has good action and moves along VERY well -- I question why the good-looking actors do not shave -- he would've looked soooo much… More
Jeffrey Meyers
A bit of a mixed bag in that it has the makings for a smart political thriller, but manages only to be an interesting history lesson, and never particularly… More
Cynthia S.
The supposedly true story told in this movie was pretty good, and decently told....... but someone in the course of producing this flick thought it was a good… More