Infidel ⭐️½

Infidel – R – 1 hr 40 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Saturday September 19, 2020
Regal Cinebarre Movieland – Salem, Oregon
#34 new movie seen in theater in 2020

Doug Rawlins (Jim Caviezel) is a blogger with a friend who gets scrutinized for being a Muslim extremist. Rawlins, disappointed with his friend and the disappearance of his friend’s daughter travels to Cairo for an interview at a conference and makes a bold, incendiary religious statement. Shortly thereafter, he’s captured, jailed and his wife flies to the country in a desperate attempt to free him.

Rawlins just might be one of the dumbest action characters I’ve seen in awhile. His decision making process is bizarre and often implausible. Does he stand by his convictions against all logic? Even his wife watching him on TV after he makes a bold statement about Jesus realizes this is only going to end badly. Then, once Rawlins is captured, his decisions seem to worsen. He almost gets his kneecaps drilled out because he doesn’t want to give up his blogging password (yes, lol, serious!). I mean, if they want to blog as you in Iran, give up the password. Post away! Doug takes his blogging seriously. No catfishing in his house.

Doug’s wife Elizabeth, played by Claudia Karvan, has a bit of Nicolas Cage overacting in her performance. She sure messes with her hair a lot, too. Yeah, I know it’s part of the culture over there, but Elizabeth can’t decide if she’s going for the traditional headwear that females use, a baseball cap or, in a moment of ultimate defiance, just throwing her headwear to the ground.

This film is hailed as “based on true events” and best we can tell this (might?) refer to American citizens being falsely imprisoned in the Middle East, not Doug or Elizabeth’s characters. That is a very loose interpretation of the statement. Usually when we see that, we’re thinking what happens to the characters, that these people specifically, are the ones that the true events are patterned after. Not the case here.

The one noteworthy thing that is pointed out in our just left the theater video below is that the coronavirus is specifically mentioned. This is the first time that any new film has mentioned in the pandemic. It’s voiceover dialogue and a single sentence, but it perked my ears up in the theater.

Am sure in the future a deluge of films will be referencing the virus and/or directly about life during it. We’re living this now, but film will imitate life around us very soon.

Neither of us were fans of Infidel. I disliked it more than Kara, but it wants to be shocking and suspenseful, yet it’s neither. It doesn’t have enough action for a thriller. It’s too much like watching a news story unfold, but we never get that invested in the characters. Instead, we’re on the outside saying, it’s like a bad episode of 24, sans Jack Bauer. I kept wishing Kiefer Sutherland would come into the movie and do something exciting.

No real stars shine here, the story feels like material we’ve seen dozens of times before, even the sound is blase. Pass on this, it’s bad and not recommended.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️½ (Todd) ⭐️⭐️ (Kara)

Opening 9-17-2020 in Theaters: Infidel

Wednesday, week #38 of 2020 (9/17-9/20/2020)

The one wide release movie in theaters this week offers us Infidel. The financial temperature in movie theater land is lukewarm, buoyed by Tenet being on a gadzillion theater screens, so many that it’s hogging up space for other titles. Maybe that’s all in the cards, but we’d rather see more new movies than Tenet showing so much. Maybe the exhibitors, as they are called, know what they’re doing, but our one lone Regal theater has like 8 of the 15 screens dedicated to Tenet.

Still no idea when our home theaters will reopen. We have around 10 theaters in a 20 mile radius and none of them – zero – are open. The one Regal theater we have to patronize is 30 miles south, as mentioned, and it’s showing all new wide releases except for one classic film, Black Panther.

We’re planning to go on a road trip soon, so maybe we’ll run into some other movies in other theaters in other cities, but in the meantime, let’s measure excitement over the one new wide release available this coming weekend, starting Thursday.

Infidel
[FIRST LOOK]

Barely interested in this one. Seems too familiar to a bunch of other action thrillers with a bunch of unfamiliar actors. We’ll catch this in a theater, likely somewhere while we’re on the road. It’s not going to be a big priority, unfortunately. We’ve had this same low level of anticipation with other titles and have ended up liking and recommending, so never know what will happen.

Anticipation: 2/10

Wherever you are watching movies, happy watching to you!

FIRST LOOK: Infidel

Political thrillers action-wise, pardon the pun, can be really hit or miss. Hoping it’s the former with one of the four wide release movies being released in theaters this month.

Seems like, aside from Tenet, streaming has more exciting new movies coming out in September.

A contemporary political thriller set in the Middle East and filled with suspense and intrigue, inspired by true events, and ripped from today’s headlines. Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, Person of Interest, Deja Vu) plays an American journalist/blogger who is kidnapped while attending a conference in the Middle East. Taken hostage by the Iranian regime, he is put on trial for trumped-up charges of espionage. His wife, who works for the State Department, quickly realizes that the American government can do nothing. Feeling desperate and alone, she goes to Iran to try to free him herself. This exciting story sheds light on the plight of Americans currently held captive in Iran, about whom the world has forgotten.

Everything You Need to Know About Infidel Movie (2020)

The trailer:

This trailer is too paint by the numbers and nothing jumps out making this a must see. Beggars can’t be choosers in September, however, for those of us that just love seeing new movies in theaters, so it’s on our watchlist this month.

The storyline doesn’t seem all that fresh either, but maybe there will be some surprises here. Have seen plenty of cases where the movie was better than the trailer. Are you looking forward to seeing this one in theaters or waiting for it on streaming?

Infidel opens wide in United States theaters (those that are reopened) on September 18, 2020.