The War Within
The War Within (2005)

The drama The War Within attempts to put a human face on a suicide bomber. Ayad Akhtar plays Hassan, a student from Pakistan matriculating in Paris. He is arrested for being a possible terrorist, and his brutal handling puts him in the mood… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 2005
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The War Within attempts to get into the mind of a terrorist, and the result is believable and unsettling.

Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail

Akhtar, who also co-wrote the screenplay, is unable to convey Hassan's internal conflicts with any force.

John Anderson

Madly rational and persuasive political drama.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

This is a film to unnerve any New Yorker, as it wanders city landmarks, like Grand Central Terminal, with destruction in mind...

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Well-made, well-informed and apparently well-meant psychological thriller.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Slow moving yet thoroughly engrossing...

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Very good.

Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post

Call it a portrait of a mild-mannered zealot, one that seeps under the skin and unsettles the nerves.

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Angela Baldassarre

The premise is indeed engaging, but the conversations are simplistic.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]"The War Within" starts with Hassan(Ayad Akhtar) walking down a street in Paris minding his own business when he is… More