The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist ★★½

Even though all the pieces seem to be here for a gripping film that weaves post 9/11 America, Islam, and an immigrant turned radical's story, director Mira Nair cannot deliver a fully satisfying film. There individual segments or scenes that really deliver dramatic impacts, yet others are very clunky with simplistic dialogue. The attitudes of post 9/11 Americans and their relation with immigrants are very poorly handled.

There is supposed to be an underlying urgent story line of a kidnapping that needs to be solved before it's too late, yet it is so subsumed by the ongoing conversation, it fails to earn it's explosive conclusion. A special kudos goes to Kate Hudson taking on a role in a film that is quite a departure from her usual fare.