The film industry has struggled with depictions of 9/11 up to know. Usually, the events of September 11th are depicted with emotionally manipulative sentimentalism that is nearly offensive (“Remember Me”) or as a blatant attempt at Oscar-grabbing (“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”). So it’s perfectly understandable to feel trepidation, or even a sinking sense of dread, when a film is described as a “post-9/11 drama.”
Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” based on the best selling 2007 novel by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, seems to mainly avoid these treacly tropes however, with more of a personal character study of profiling and racial alienation after the attacks. Riz Ahmed (“Four Lions”) stars alongside Liev Schrieber, Kate Hudson, and Kiefer Sutherland in the story of a Pakistani Wall Street employee whose life changes after 9/11.
This is “Monsoon Wedding” director Nair’s first film since her 2009 Hilary Swank-as-Amelia Earhart biopic “Amelia” flew under the radar to a lukewarm reception. It’s great to see her back in another adult drama about race and identity.
IFC will release “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” on April 26th and you can check out the new trailer below: