Rated 3.0

Thirty years after watching his father die from a car bomb, a Sudanese man drives through the city streets of Yemen to a militia compound. He has explosives to sell, and an old friend there who wants to buy, but the transaction gets interrupted by a raid from the Yemenite army. Thus begins Traitor, two hours of international intrigue that’s as contemporary as it comes … betrayed by plot points straight out of classic thrillers. In these establishing scenes, and others that follow, writer/director Jeffrey Nachmanoff tips his hand, so developments that might have surprised an entire audience only shock the uninitiated. That’s too bad, because otherwise the film is absorbing. Traitor shuttles between a terror cell and the government agencies tracking it. At the pivot point is the explosives dealer, Samir (Don Cheadle, fantastic as always), who may be more than meets the eye for both sides. Definitely worth seeing; just forgive it for its spoiler sins.