"The Citizen" is an interesting story about the increased racism again Arab immigrants following the September 11th attacks. The film makes some poignant statements through its likeable main character and a well-written script. The writers do a good job of introducing seemingly insignificant characters and events that become important later in the film. Khaled El Nabawy delivers a nice performance as he carries the film from start to finish. I will admit, the line delivery is sometimes overly cheesy and the acting isn’t anything to write home about, but the film achieves its goal by bringing attention to the unfair discrimination against innocent Arabs. The highlight of the film is Cary Elwes’ portrayal of the immigration lawyer as he delivers an impassioned monologue in defense of the main character. While I wouldn’t rank this film above average, it is definitely worth watching for its important moral lesson.
[Pictured: The movie is cheesy at times but offers some nice acting moments]