In the film Traitor, the main character’s faith is tested in a web of violence and misplaced loyalties, forcing him deeper into the fray of an international conspiracy. Throughout the film, Samurai sources strength and tolerates persecution through Islamic prayer, while the organizations of people working around him are in a constant of flux. For Samurai-‘s character, being Muslim is one of the few unbroken pieces of his identity from the moment his Father is killed by a car bomb to the climactic deaths of his ‘allied’ Muslim rooters.
Thus, found the shifting character developments affirm the notion that “an opinion can be argued with”, while the inspiring endurance of his religion affirms “a conviction is best shot. ” During Simms first encounter with Yemeni forces and FBI agents, the use of guns and force against his group modeled the attitude that their actions posed an imminent threat and needed to be neutralized. In addition, the use of suicide bombings by other characters is symbolic of fatalistic devotion to
Islamic beliefs, which forces Samurai to create more destruction in his role as the bomb maker. When he escaped prison with the others, his role as an explosives broker is elevated to becoming an agent for the group. In the process, the audience sees Samurai is at peace using military experience to lend the group his skills to kill, while the faith of other agents in the network supplements his lack of will to kill.
Furthermore, The testimonies of Samara’s mother, former girlfriend, and US informant validate his reservations against aging life and expose a deeper internal conflict. Before and after Samurai detonates explosives at the US Embassy, his interactions with Afraid show disdain for a new variation of practices that seem focused on harming others instead of religious integrity. This plot shift complicates his actions even further when he is pressured to distribute bombs across the network, while being pursued by the Federal agents.
In the scene where Samurai has FBI agent Clayton hostage, he spares his life as a gesture of integrity for previous indents and later reaches out through email in an attempt for transparency between transgressors. Ultimately, Samurai disrupts the leadership and plan of the terror network because their motivations do not align with his own intentions or convictions. Which expands upon the notion of “a conviction is best shot’ to beliefs that are deemed negative or unproductive to the great Jihad of overcoming the temptation of what is easy.