Whether it’s a case of life imitating art or art imitating life, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” makes for queasy but fairly worthy viewing less than a month after the Boston Marathon bombings. The new film by Mira Nair (“Monsoon Wedding”), based on the acclaimed 2007 novel by Mohsin Hamid, concerns a young Pakistani man, Changez (Riz Ahmed), who has attained the American dream at 25 only to find it crumbling in his hands in the post-9/11 landscape.
Ambiguity is at the heart of the novel, but Nair is never quite sure what to do with it. A quiet character study has been given a high-stakes political-thriller frame, and not for the best, although Ahmed is immensely appealing as a fundamentally compassionate man wrestling with conscience, dignity, and identity. With Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, and Kiefer Sutherland. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.