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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Emotional Journey, 4 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Kite Runner [DVD] (DVD)
This film is very much worth going to see currently at the cinema. Without telling you too much, this film takes you into Kabul, Afghanistan, and follows the lives of two Afghani boys. One who is wealthy and lives with his father (Amir), the other his servant (Hassan), but both best friends. In a divided country, on the verge of war, Amir's father never fawlters to treat his servants (Hassan and his father) well (Although being from a different tribe and social class to him). Is there a reason for this? Although his father's warm hearted attitude towards them has never changed, Amir' (the wealthy boy's) attitude does change. His act of betrayal from fear marks both Hassan's and his own life forever. As a result, 20 years on, Amir sets about a quest for redemption, but is it too late?, or will he be successful in one last daring chance to set things right?

This story is full to the brim of lies, deceit, politics, negotiation, emotion, redemption etc. It's the best film on at the cinema at the moment. Sure, its slow in parts but gripping throughout, especially towards the end - Highly Recommended!

*If you are wandering why it is called The Kite Runner, and you're one of those who just doesn't like to watch the news about Afghanistan (I must say, I can't blame you), then I'll tell you why. The kite is used as a symbol in the film of hope, fun, competitiveness, but above all FREEDOM. When the taliban took over, they banned kite flying and subsequently took away the right of freedom.*
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Initial post: 31 May 2008 14:53:05 BDT
A very good review. I was thinking of writing one myself but find that there is little to add.

I will add this though, the book is better but the film accomplishes very much within the confines of a single movie and brought tears to my eyes several times. Since the story must be abridged I wouldn't recommend seeing the film shortly after reading the book, but if you let a little time pass between first you will like both.
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