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What this rough-around-the-edges but hugely likeable film lacks in budget it more than makes up for in energy, visual flair and, yes, punk spirit.
This earnest adaptation of Michael Muhammad Knight's novel is too busy processing events to fully understand them. But director Eyad Zahra is so enthusiastic that he wins us over anyway.
As a misfit-centric slap at religious conformity, the story's premise couldn't be more primed for trenchant social comedy, but screenwriter Knight and director Eyad Zahra opt for maintaining a thin veneer of tiresome obnoxiousness...
The shaky narrative style and broad characterizations undo its effectiveness, though the climactic concert sequence... will possess an undeniable fascination for wide-ranging music connoisseurs.
Why anybody should care about these people is the question of the week.
The storytelling is so muddled and the filmmaking so unpolished - and not in a good way - that mostly this movie is just unpleasant.
The actors all give credible performance, but running at just over 80 minutes, The Taqwacores feels slight and under-developed.
Initially such subversive and provocative characters come across as too crude to be credible. Yet the success of Zahra's film is to take these base elements and channel them into a film that explores identity crisis.
It has energy and humour and a nice bleached out look. And it throws a startling image or off-the-wall piece of dialogue at you every few minutes of its lean 83-minute running time.
If it argues about what it means to be young, Muslim and American, it does so with some tedium at its edges.
From this intriguing beginning, sadly, a laboriously scripted and acted drama unfolds...
Far-from perfect but bravely interrogates a difficult subject.
Intermittently interesting drama about a young Muslim engineering student who moves in with a group of fellow young Muslims who are part of an underground Islamic "punk" scene. Takes a look at the different brands and ideologies in modern Islam, but also suffers from a heavy-handed script and one-dimensional characters.
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