The Kite Runner (12A)

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Zekeria Ebrahimi and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada in The Kite Runner

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Mon Dec 17 2007

Adapted from the best-selling novel by Afghan-born American writer Khaled Hosseini, this accessible, deftly-directed and moving tale of childhood regret and adult atonement courses through three decades of war-torn Afghan history in personal terms. In 1978, preceding the Soviet invasion, privileged seven-year-old Kabul boy Amir (Zekeria Ebrahmi) witnesses the rape of his friend and fellow kite-flyer, lower-class Hazara servant Hassan (the expressive and contained Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada) by the malevolent Assef. Confused and angered by his own powerlessness, guilt, and shame, Amir frames his erstwhile companion for theft and is further admonished by the morally pure, loyal and self-abnegating behaviour of his victim, something that troubles the aspirant-writer Amir through his 20-odd years of exile in the US. In the present, a visit to Pakistan to see his dead father’s dying friend, offers news of Hassan’s fate, and prompts the older, now-married Amir (Khalid Abdalla) to a dangerous visit to his now Taliban-controlled home.

Notwithstanding the inevitable tendency of individual stories set against momentous national upheavals to conflate and simplify historical events, Marc ‘Finding Neverland’ Forster’s film achieves minor miracles within the bounds of his broadly conventional narrative. His sober approach allows a surprising level of complexity in his film’s wider interest in themes of guilt, displacement, honour and conflicting traditions, while his sensitivity to the emotional responses of his characters – both adult and child – is never overwhelmed nor upstaged by his incorporation of challenging dramatic scenes (such as a startlingly brutal stoning of an adulterous couple in a Kabul stadium). Likewise, the film’s belief in the power of redemption and its subtle assertion of the need for moral courage in personal (or political) conflict, is never allowed to get in the way of its boldly told, intelligent, informed and affecting story.

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John

Not a great movie, but at least deals effectively with themes of loyalty and revenge, which is more than most Hollywood films do.

John

Not a great movie, but at least deals effectively with themes of loyalty and revenge, which is more than most Hollywood films do.

IaMmE

This is a reallllllllyyyyyyyyy guD film its so sad Nd intresting nd tnx 4 helpin wid homeWorKkkkkk!!!!!!!!!*

IaMmE

This is a reallllllllyyyyyyyyy guD film its so sad Nd intresting nd tnx 4 helpin wid homeWorKkkkkk!!!!!!!!!*

sangay

to be honest, if i watched the movie first, i would have completely lost my interest in book. The movie was just alright. they cud have done better, it was really disappointing and i felt that the director and producers have put very little effort. Even the characters, except for the two young amir and hassen, most of the important characters were not good. I had a feeling that this movie spoilt the book

sangay

to be honest, if i watched the movie first, i would have completely lost my interest in book. The movie was just alright. they cud have done better, it was really disappointing and i felt that the director and producers have put very little effort. Even the characters, except for the two young amir and hassen, most of the important characters were not good. I had a feeling that this movie spoilt the book

I

Thanks for giving me answers for my homework!!! lool idiots.

I

Thanks for giving me answers for my homework!!! lool idiots.

lollypop

brill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lollypop

brill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gary

In contrast to the book this film was appalling. Its such a shame as this is probably one of the most beautiful and moving stories you could come across. The producers have not put any thought in how to get the depth from book and portray this onto the big screen. At times I felt that if I hadn't read the book, I would have not realised the significance of certain parts of the film. Personally I believe that if the film focused more on Amir's adult life and brought his childhood in as flashback at the right moments they could have done the book much more justice. The film makers have also left out some of the most vital parts of the book such as Hassan's harelip and the boys attempt at suicide. Some of the characters also failed to live up to my imagination i.e. Asef in his childhood. All in all I would rate this film no more than 4/10 and even then I'm probably being bias as this truly a remarkable story. READ THE BOOK!

gary

In contrast to the book this film was appalling. Its such a shame as this is probably one of the most beautiful and moving stories you could come across. The producers have not put any thought in how to get the depth from book and portray this onto the big screen. At times I felt that if I hadn't read the book, I would have not realised the significance of certain parts of the film. Personally I believe that if the film focused more on Amir's adult life and brought his childhood in as flashback at the right moments they could have done the book much more justice. The film makers have also left out some of the most vital parts of the book such as Hassan's harelip and the boys attempt at suicide. Some of the characters also failed to live up to my imagination i.e. Asef in his childhood. All in all I would rate this film no more than 4/10 and even then I'm probably being bias as this truly a remarkable story. READ THE BOOK!

student

this film did not have the depth in it that the book did that made you fell great empethy for the characters involved, some of the characters could have been a little better casted as they did represent the characters within the novel by hosseini and the film did not fully portray the full meaning of the words that were being spoken. as a whole the film was well directed without any influance from the novel but the film was deprived from the novel so should have shown more detail in the crucail parts in the plot. maybe it should have been a 15 and included more of the horrific happenings to amir and sohrab it should also have shown more of the ending of the book as there are some crucial elements of the plot that there needed to be. they should have also included hassans hairlip and when amir needed to go to hospital, he should aslo have been shown with a hair lip from his fight with assef as this i a crucial benifactor of the final chapters with in the novel and should also have been shown in the film :)

student

this film did not have the depth in it that the book did that made you fell great empethy for the characters involved, some of the characters could have been a little better casted as they did represent the characters within the novel by hosseini and the film did not fully portray the full meaning of the words that were being spoken. as a whole the film was well directed without any influance from the novel but the film was deprived from the novel so should have shown more detail in the crucail parts in the plot. maybe it should have been a 15 and included more of the horrific happenings to amir and sohrab it should also have shown more of the ending of the book as there are some crucial elements of the plot that there needed to be. they should have also included hassans hairlip and when amir needed to go to hospital, he should aslo have been shown with a hair lip from his fight with assef as this i a crucial benifactor of the final chapters with in the novel and should also have been shown in the film :)

simran

amazing book !!! I'm only 15 and it is the BEST BOOK I have ever read ; absolutely fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!

simran

amazing book !!! I'm only 15 and it is the BEST BOOK I have ever read ; absolutely fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!

Hoppsyz

Thought this film was great but should have been a 15, not a 12 because of the many traumatic scenes involved. That was its only flaw to me and having never read the book, i am inspired to read it now.

Hoppsyz

Thought this film was great but should have been a 15, not a 12 because of the many traumatic scenes involved. That was its only flaw to me and having never read the book, i am inspired to read it now.

Char

Really good movie. Very powerful. It's the kind of movie that keeps you wanting for more. It gives great insite of a personal nature to what has happened in Afghanistan

Char

Really good movie. Very powerful. It's the kind of movie that keeps you wanting for more. It gives great insite of a personal nature to what has happened in Afghanistan

Lucy

An appalling film. I too loved the book, but found the film completely lacked depth and made no effort to portray the the fundamental relationships between characters. What a pity.

Lucy

An appalling film. I too loved the book, but found the film completely lacked depth and made no effort to portray the the fundamental relationships between characters. What a pity.

Orangefizz

However , after reading such a wonderful book, I was left deflated by the film and felt it was a poor and shallow effort. I appreciated what I watched but it left so much passion out. As was the relationship between Baba and Amir, which plays a huge role in the film. Perhaps good insight for whats going on in afghanistan but it kind of came across like a news report than it did a young boys tale,

Orangefizz

However , after reading such a wonderful book, I was left deflated by the film and felt it was a poor and shallow effort. I appreciated what I watched but it left so much passion out. As was the relationship between Baba and Amir, which plays a huge role in the film. Perhaps good insight for whats going on in afghanistan but it kind of came across like a news report than it did a young boys tale,

myip

This has to go onto my top 10 list of best films of all times. The book is superb but the film is outstanding in a way that it is always difficult to adapt a great book into a film and yet I would say this film is as good as the book if not better. It opens your eyes to a world I am not familiar with and the film is so sensitive and it conveys so many things. It is so beautifully shot and so intelligently executed. I recommend everyone to watch this film. I certainly moved me deeply and left me thinking for days about family, relationships, the world and forgiveness. Please if you have not watch this get a copy.

myip

This has to go onto my top 10 list of best films of all times. The book is superb but the film is outstanding in a way that it is always difficult to adapt a great book into a film and yet I would say this film is as good as the book if not better. It opens your eyes to a world I am not familiar with and the film is so sensitive and it conveys so many things. It is so beautifully shot and so intelligently executed. I recommend everyone to watch this film. I certainly moved me deeply and left me thinking for days about family, relationships, the world and forgiveness. Please if you have not watch this get a copy.

Chris

I absolutely loved the book, but the film certainly did not live up to the tale. Much too many simple details were left out that could of made this a great film such as the harelip, the suicide theme, football match, henna hands, Ali and Hassan, Hiter theme...Not enough background was given about the Hazaras or Amir and Hassans friendship. I thought the casting and acting were particularly sub-standard, Baba was not the man-bear I had imagined him and many of the actors seemed to stand there and deliver their lines without doing much else. I have a feeling this was filmed digitally which gave it a TV movie feel. Read the book forget the film...

Chris

I absolutely loved the book, but the film certainly did not live up to the tale. Much too many simple details were left out that could of made this a great film such as the harelip, the suicide theme, football match, henna hands, Ali and Hassan, Hiter theme...Not enough background was given about the Hazaras or Amir and Hassans friendship. I thought the casting and acting were particularly sub-standard, Baba was not the man-bear I had imagined him and many of the actors seemed to stand there and deliver their lines without doing much else. I have a feeling this was filmed digitally which gave it a TV movie feel. Read the book forget the film...

pac-man

It's not often that having read the book that you're not disappointed by the film, but the characters and even the locations were as I imagined. The only thing which I felt was skimmed over was the background of the two boys friendship and how closely their lives were intertwined. Brilliant though. Highly recommended.

pac-man

It's not often that having read the book that you're not disappointed by the film, but the characters and even the locations were as I imagined. The only thing which I felt was skimmed over was the background of the two boys friendship and how closely their lives were intertwined. Brilliant though. Highly recommended.

Vlad

Of all the thousands of movies I have seen in my life this was one that certainly produced a most profound affect. I could identify with the players and it stirred up some of my own dreadful experiences that were buried so deep inside of me that watching this film caused me great emotional turmoil. While as a result of these traumas I tend to be an extremely controlled emotionless person it is a rare film indeed that can penetrate the fortified stone walls that usually surround my heart. Definitely a powerful story and I’m very happy to have to watched this gem of a movie.

Vlad

Of all the thousands of movies I have seen in my life this was one that certainly produced a most profound affect. I could identify with the players and it stirred up some of my own dreadful experiences that were buried so deep inside of me that watching this film caused me great emotional turmoil. While as a result of these traumas I tend to be an extremely controlled emotionless person it is a rare film indeed that can penetrate the fortified stone walls that usually surround my heart. Definitely a powerful story and I’m very happy to have to watched this gem of a movie.

Arina

This film is incredibly powerful and moving. It Shows real events through fiction. Its a must see movie. Being an afghan myself i believe that the actors portrayed afghans and afghanistan just as they both truely are. The bad and the good. on another note Willy is a total gimp. What would YOU know about the actors , you cant even spell properly. A) The actors who acted out the film were incredible. The amount of passion put into the makin of this film was amazing. combining this with the story line and script, the outcome was insatiable. b) you Must have one heck of a cold heart if it did not move you. Overall 10/10 =D

Arina

This film is incredibly powerful and moving. It Shows real events through fiction. Its a must see movie. Being an afghan myself i believe that the actors portrayed afghans and afghanistan just as they both truely are. The bad and the good. on another note Willy is a total gimp. What would YOU know about the actors , you cant even spell properly. A) The actors who acted out the film were incredible. The amount of passion put into the makin of this film was amazing. combining this with the story line and script, the outcome was insatiable. b) you Must have one heck of a cold heart if it did not move you. Overall 10/10 =D

ExE

An amazing movie, very moving. I broke down and cried near the end of the movie.

ExE

An amazing movie, very moving. I broke down and cried near the end of the movie.

bob

A professional piece of work but it seemed to me to represent a world that American film makers would wish to believe in, rather than anything approaching reality. It had some Rambo-esque overtones that were as unnecessary as they were unlikely.

bob

A professional piece of work but it seemed to me to represent a world that American film makers would wish to believe in, rather than anything approaching reality. It had some Rambo-esque overtones that were as unnecessary as they were unlikely.

Annie

I saw this film with my mum the other night and we both loved it. There is a whole world out there going on that it is all too easy to forget about in our day to day lives. I would reccommend that all upper school children should see this as part of their education.

Annie

I saw this film with my mum the other night and we both loved it. There is a whole world out there going on that it is all too easy to forget about in our day to day lives. I would reccommend that all upper school children should see this as part of their education.

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