Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Infidel (2010): review- 2/10

A Muslim London Taxi driver discovers that his birth parents are Jewish: meanwhile his son intends to marry the daughter of an extremist Islamic cleric.

There is enough material here for a very fast, funny short film, but instead we get a lengthy one in which cultural cliche after cultural cliche is labouriously worked through.

This is simply too narrow, and unsurprising a basis for comedy, which should at some point has to touch more closely on observed experience.

Omid Djalili does his best but even his energetic performances cannot save the film from tedium.

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