Overall Rank: 1984
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 75
Theatrical Release Date: 12/19/2007
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/25/2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Marc Forster
Actors: Zekeria Ebrahimi, Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada, Shaun Toub, Homayoun Ershadi, Khalid Abdalla, Atossa Leoni
Plot: After a pair of Afghani friends are split up, one of them learns that the other has passed on and that his son is in danger. He travels back to his homeland to try and help his friend's son.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/09/2012
This is an immersive and heartfelt retelling of the brilliant book, made all the stronger by the use of non-professional actors and authentic cultural locations. The material is handled in an understated, but potent way by director Marc Forster and the film doesn't try to get preachy in order to get its message of redemption across.
dukeakasmudge - wrote on 09/28/2011
I really wasnt expecting to like this movie but I did
donkeyknight - wrote on 05/03/2011
I admire that the director let the story be the compelling force of the film and cast ethnic actors that skillfully brought catharsis to this cultural saga of redemption. The perfect pacing the book achieves is off and CGI kites couldn't be more fake, but still a noble effort.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/26/2011
A good drama about childhood memories, family values, kindness, leaving legacies and liberation. Hassan gets molested while his prominent friend Amir Agha. Amir and his father Baba escape the Russian invasion and migrate to the US. Soraya and Amir get married but couldn’t yield a child. He discovers a family secret that would eventually lead him back to Kabul. A boy named Sohrab becomes part of Amir’s life.
Screenplay was good with lines such as “There is only one sin, only one. And that is theft. Every other sin is a variation of theft....When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife's right to a husband; rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone's right to the truth. When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” from Baba, …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 06/20/2008
This movie truly resonated within me. It's one of those films that made me glad to have a culture because it made me reflect back on my childhood when I wasn't yet in America and compare that life to where I am now. Granted, this movie is more about redemption... but for me, it's more about the meaning of honor. I watch myriads of American films but most of them fail to stress the honor behind our choices, may they be right or wrong. This is definitely a complex film for me because I am not familiar with the Afghan culture. But, in a way, even if it wasn't about that particular culture, it is still multi-layered and is worth discussing after the credits rolled. Topics such as cowardice, theft, friendship, rape, power... are only some of the many issues worth analyzing. Lastly, I must …
newmans_own - wrote on 12/23/2007
The film’s most crippling flaw is its by-the-numbers and passionless screenplay, courtesy of David Benioff (who’s other work includes gems like TROY and STAY). It adapts the book with a mind to being as straightforward as possible; little to no time is taken to develop characters in a purely cinematic form. The depth of Amir and Hassan’s friendship must be assumed, because there is no explicit demonstration of it in the actual film. A revelation late in the film explains a bit more about the characters, but Amir’s drive to save Sohrab rests almost exclusively on what is said in clichéd preachy dialogue, not what is shown. It is understood why Amir returns to Pakistan to help Hassan, but because of the weak writing, it feels more like an obligation than a chance to ease a …
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