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When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.0/10 (30,104 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Stars: Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Archie Panjabi

Samir Horn is a former soldier, a devout Muslim, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United States to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack. Will the intelligence agencies talk to each other, and can Horn be stopped?

Writers: Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Steve Martin


Don Cheadle

Samir Horn

Guy Pearce

Roy Clayton

Saïd Taghmaoui


Neal McDonough

Max Archer

Alyy Khan


Archie Panjabi

Chandra Dawkin

Raad Rawi


Hassam Ghancy


Mozhan Marnò


(as Mozhan Marno)

Adeel Akhtar


Jeff Daniels


Lorena Gale

Dierdre Horn

Scali Delpeyrat

Inspector Gilles

Mehdi Ortelsberg


(as Medhi Ortelsberg)

Aizoun Abdelkader


The only person he can trust is himself.


Official Website:
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Release Date: 27 August 2008

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000


Opening Weekend: $10,006,327
(31 August 2008)
(2054 Screens)

Gross: $23,530,831
(25 November 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Alyy Khan who plays the Pakistani Fareed Mansour, previously portrayed Omar Sheik in
A Mighty Heart, a real-life character upon whom the character Omar in this film, played by Saïd Taghmaoui, is loosely based.


Revealing mistakes:
During the scenes in Yemen, soldiers and terrorists are not talking in Yemen accent, instead most of them are talking in (Moroccan) accent. In other scenes they switch from classic Arabic dialect to Moroccan accent again.


In chess and in war the key to winning is to anticipate what your opponent will do in advance. Think two moves ahead. The art of asymmetrical warfare is less about inflicting damage than provoking a response. Terrorism is theater. And theater is always performed for an audience. Ours is the American people. But they are dispersed across a large country. The question is how to convince them that nowhere is safe.

User Review

Drama/Action -Not a Bourne Rip off- Very Good-

Rating: 9/10

When I first saw the previews, I was expecting a bourne supremacy/bond
film with whoooohoooooo action that makes you say "kill, kill, kill"
and gets you all worked up. But this film is more drama/realistic and
made me actually think about life instead of tuning it out. The action
parts are very satisfying. Don Cheadle was great. If you are expecting
something along the lines of The Marine, you will probably be
disappointed. It is a little more mature than that. The movie surprised
me in its creativity/originality with certain scenes. overall, it is a
drama/thriller/action/spy that I found very satisfying. some people on
IMDb were complaining that it was slow, which it was, but don't take
that to mean that the film is bad. the movie is just more of a drama
film than action at times. Go see it!!!