Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Reluctant Fundamentalist stars a brunette Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist  starring Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Keifer Sutherland and Riz Ahmed comes out on April 26th in limited distribution. The film is on my list of Movies Based on Books 2013, but I haven't heard that much about it. If you're not familiar with Riz Ahmed; he's a British actor and well-known rapper. I just learned that the 2011 film Trishna starring Ahmed and Frieda Pinto (Slum dog Millionaire) directed by Michael Winterbottom, is a screen adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. It's available on Amazon Prime, if you want to check it out. The trailer looks amazing ... but I digress... back to The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Reading the book's description, and watching the trailer (below) I have to say I'm officially intrigued. It looks like an important movie that will generate a lot of conversation and possibly controversy - hard to say without reading the book or seeing the movie but since it's about a Pakistani in post 9/11 America, that's a pretty good bet. Especially if it turns out that the Boston bombing was an Al-Qaeda terrorist act.
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Read the publisher's info, then watch the trailer and see what you think.


From the publisher 
Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
New York Times bestseller

“One of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader.” —Junot Diaz

A brunette Kate Hudson and dishy Riz Ahmed
At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter . . .
Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.
But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his relationship with Erica shifting. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist trailer 2:25 minutes 


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