“TWO THUMBS UP”
Ebert & Roeper
“[A] KNOCKOUT NAIL BITER”
Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
"3 1/2 OUT OF 4 STARS"
Peter Relic, Rolling Stone Magazine
“A SEARING, STAGGERINGLY PLAUSIBLE FILM. Director Castelo infuses the action with the dark dread of a Darren Aronofsky film and deserves credit for staring hard at a difficult subject matter.”
Ned Martel, New York Times
“A TAUT, COMPELLING THRILLER”
Kevin Thomas, LA Times
“A SERIOUS, TERRIFYING THRILLER”
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
THE WAR WITHIN is the story of Hassan, a Pakistani engineering student in Paris who is apprehended by Western intelligence services for suspected terrorist activities. Imprisoned and tortured, Hassan is provoked to action. Following his release he embarks upon a terrorist mission, surreptitiously entering the United States to join a cell based in New York City. On the morning of the planned attack, all members of the cell are arrested except Hassan and the cell's charismatic leader, Khalid. Hassan takes refuge with Sayeed, an unsuspecting childhood friend, who is living the American dream with his family in New Jersey. As each day passes, Hassan finds himself torn between his religious beliefs and his growing feelings for Sayeed and his family. What unfolds is a profound human and political drama as we tensely observe Hassan's state of mind as he tries to decide whether or not to carry out his deadly mission.
Produced by TomGlynn, Jason Kliot and Joana Vicente; executive produced by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner.
Directed by Joseph Castelo.
Starring Ayad Aktar, Firdous Bamji, Nandana Sen, Sarita Choudhury.