7+ Infidel Reviews – Dumb Decisions, Lifeless Action

Infidel ⭐️½

This movie is textbook bad. I want to take another star away and just declare it unwatchable, but there is actually a moment or two that redeem some of its existence.

The conservative answer to such Middle East-set films as “Rendition” and “Syriana,” “Infidel” is one of the widest exclusive-to-theaters U.S. releases since the pandemic closed most cinemas, reportedly opening on 2,400 screens in 1,724 locations. Originally intended to open on 9/11, the film takes a tough look at the dimension of both Christianity and Islam reluctant to co-exist with the other, and speculates as to which is better suited to “win” this standoff. It’s biased, of course, and the movie’s attitude toward Muslims could be summarized as: We will respect your religion, to a point, but the moment you try to limit our freedom, all bets are off.

‘Infidel’ Review: ‘Passion’ Star Jim Caviezel Risks Martyrdom Again – Variety

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Not Even Getting Into The Religious and Political Stuff

This is a faith-based movie, which might turn some moviegoers off. Not the case for us. We treat these movies like any other movie we watch unless they become too preachy. As it stands, this isn’t an issue with this film, but what is an issue is the overarching politics and religion. Not going to get into opinions on any of this, but will say that the way the main character acted in another country was stupid.

Not saying he deserved to be kidnapped and tortured, but, well, he deserved to be kidnapped at least. I’m kind of joking, but without that the story would have been boring.

Yeah, the main characters actions = dumb, dumb and dumber

If you escape captivity, why run down a busy road? You have all these little side alleys that a car won’t fit down — at least easily — and yet you run down the main road to be captured again? Of course if you’re a dumb fugitive that’s what you do. Run right back into the arms of your captors. I wanted to poke my eyes out with kernels of hot searing popcorn while watching this. Dude, really?!?!?!

The lethargic action

What was going on with the action scenes in this movie? It was like we’re in quicksand instead of moving through them with any sort of grace and pace. The sound didn’t even match some of the scenes. I didn’t get it.

There will always be fans

This isn’t Cats-level unwatchable. It’s better than some other movies we’ve seen this year in the theater, but it’s definitely trending toward the bottom of the list. The Last Shift is worse than this. The Turning, Underwater, Downhill, yeah, all worse than this. 2020 has made a particularly sucky grab bag of crappy films. This might go down as the worst year cinema has ever had. Seriously.

Look, just because we thought this movie sucked, doesn’t mean it sucks for everybody. I did find some who really enjoyed watching it (see below!). Not picking on those who liked it, but it wasn’t for either of us — at all. Follow and read the positive reviews which might inspire you to at least catch this on streaming. We can’t with any good conscience recommend paying to see this in a theater and we love watching movies in theaters. Watch Unhinged a second time instead, see Tenet for the third or fourth time. Hocus Pocus playing? Why not!

Reviews by Others

What do others think of Infidel?


  1. Multicultural Marriage: “I watched Cyrus Nowrasteh’s Infidel movie this weekend and highly recommend!”
  2. Rachel’s Reviews (6/10): “I don’t know what Christian audiences will think of Infidel? It is violent and has its share of F-bombs so I know that will turn away some people of faith. However, it is based on a true story and the action is exciting, so it has its appeal. Nevertheless, It’s a weird mixture but I was entertained enough to recommend it”
  3. That Darn Girl (3.5/5): “The storyline and action are both compelling and made for the big screen, however, you won’t have an urgency to buy it on DVD.”
  4. The Legionnaire: “I recommend it, and the swearing that Doug utters is understandable given the situation in which he finds himself. Who among us would not let loose a few f-bombs if we were being kidnapped by a terrorist organization? The point is, Caviezel is a typical Christian put into extraordinary circumstances, and God saw fit to see him through it all.”

Not Recommended

  1. Stanford Murrell: “It is unfortunate that D’Souza did not simply retell, and recreate the true events. The authentic story line would be more believable than the fictious narrative. The real characters would, no doubt, be more sympathetic than the personas created by Jim Caviezel and Claudia Karvan.”
  2. Wade Reviews Stuff (4/10): “This could have been a much more interesting movie if all, or even ANY, of these plot points had ever been cashed in. Sadly, it is a lot of subpar action that suddenly just stops abruptly & then the credits roll. With a different director, this could have been a decent, intriguing movie to watch. Instead, we get something nobody is going to remember the next day.”
  3. Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: “…is…okay…I guess? With the production value, ho hum direction, some awkward moments and an out of place action climax, it seems like it should’ve been a mediocre HBO or Showtime Original movie. But I’m guessing it is getting released in theaters because there is absolutely no competition right now and it thinks it can maybe make more money that way?”

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Happy movie watching!

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.


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!


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.