The Kite Runner "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… The Kite Runner "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…
DVD Review

The Kite Runner (2008)

Zekiria Ebrahimi, The Kite Runner | NOT KIDDING AROUND Ahmed Khan Mahmoodzada (left) and Zekiria Ebrahimi each give accomplished performances in The Kite Runner
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NOT KIDDING AROUND Ahmed Khan Mahmoodzada (left) and Zekiria Ebrahimi each give accomplished performances in The Kite Runner
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 25, 2008; DVD Release Date: Mar 25, 2008; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Zekiria Ebrahimi, Khalid Abdalla and Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada; Distributor: Paramount Classics

''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

Originally posted Mar 21, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints
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