Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Citizen 2012

The Citizen

     This film is inspired by true events.  Ibrahim Jarrah is from the Middle East and he won a Green Card Lottery that enabled him to come to America.  There was one problem, he arrived in New York one day before the events of 9/11.  He struggles to get on his feet in his new country and he faces a lot of persecution because of his nationality.  He was held for six months in detainment because of allegations against his cousin.  His cousin is his only relative in the United States.  Unfortunately, his cousin let a man he didn't know stay in his apartment on the eve of 9/11.  The stranger  was involved with one of the flights into the World Trade Center.
This film is interesting and inspiring but it seems like a shove-down-your throat process which seems long and drawn out.  In a film with this type of background, the director can let the events play out as they happened without making the process so tedious to the viewer.  You want to root for Ibrahim and his desire to be an American.  3* (This movie is OK)    
99 min, Drama directed by Sam Kadi with Khaled Nabawy, Agnes Bruckner, Rizwan Manji, William Atherton, Cary Elwes.

Note:  Imdb 7.1 out of 10, 60% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic 38/100, Amazon 4.7* out of 5* with 17 reviews.

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