Phil Bray
Missy Schwartz
March 27, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Kite Runner

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
128 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/14/07
performer
Zekiria Ebrahimi, Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Said Taghmaoui
director
Marc Forster
distributor
Paramount Classics
author
David Benioff
genre
Drama

We gave it a B

”There is a way to be good again.” So says a wise old man to Amir (Khalid Abdalla), who’s stirred to atone for betraying a friend during his youth in late-1970s Afghanistan. Marc Forster directs this adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s ’03 novel gracefully, but it’s the remarkable Afghan child actors Zekiria Ebrahimi (as young Amir) and Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada (the friend) who give The Kite Runner its emotional punch. EXTRAS Oddly, neither a filmmakers’ commentary nor featurettes mention the Afghan boys’ relocation to the United Arab Emirates over fears that Kite‘s controversial content made them vulnerable in their homeland. B

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