• Neonika
    Neonika
    27 reviews
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    6

    A respectable effort

    This may not be Mira Nair's best work, but like all her earlier films, the common denominator here is the 'human experience'. The frustration that comes with racial profiling and mistaken identities is all too familiar to the brown population living in the West. As is their deep longing to be connected with their roots and their motherland. The title of the film (like the book's) is apt and Nair does plenty of justice to it. That 'fundamentalism' is a dangerous ideal - in any realm, is a thought provoking message.
    On the down side, all the flashback stories in the film manage to eclipse the present tension and there isn't really a sense of danger if that's what it wanted to evoke. And while most of the story is very believable, some characters like the girlfriend (Kate Hudson) come through as strange exaggerations and in a way, they appear to be Western stereotypes.
    Wonderful Pakistani music as usual.

    May 23, 13