Wow. If you guys want to see a movie where torturing your character reigns supreme, then Traitor is the movie for you. I squirmed in my seat just watching every scene come to life. Not only that, but there comes a time when despite what the main character is doing, you come to care about him and his plight. Nothing is as it seems in Traitor. And just when you know the character’s hope is hanging by a thin string, the writer goes ahead and cuts the lifeline. We’re left sitting there drop-jawed while the poor guy is left to plummet into his darkest hour.
I’m a huge fan of character torture. I love trampling their safety line and making their worse nightmares come true. That’s when you find out what a person is really made of. But this goes beyond the study of character torture.
If you think Traitoris about Don Cheedle being a spy, you’re both right and wrong. I’m not into spy movies because I’ve seen enough of them. Even James Bond and the Bourne Identity movies have worn me out. I didn’t have high hopes for Traitorwhen I paid my money and stepped through the door. Boy, was I in for a shock. Don Cheedle isn’t Bond or Bourne. He’s a man who’s just trying to find some sanity in his insane world.
If you go, I highly advise putting your writer’s cap on and being prepared for a visual lesson in essential story elements. Dissect it. Most of the time, I go to movies for entertainment, so I leave my writer’s hat at the door. Not possible this movie. The only time my writer’s eye clicks on is when a movie is either very good or very bad. In this case, Traitor was excellent. It sticks to every element that makes for a great book. The plotting, the characterization, the pacing. It’s all amazing.
PS. Guy Pierce, I’m gonna keep my eye on you from here on out. 😉