THE KITE RUNNER
Release Date: December 14, 2007
Starring: Khalid Abdallac, Homayu
Ershadi, Zekiria Ebrahimi,
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Shaun
Toub, Nabi Tanha, and Atossa
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 122 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Director: Marc Forster
Executive Producer: Laurie MacDonald, Sidney
Kimmel, Sam Mendes, and Jeff
Producer: William Horberg, Walter F.
Parkes, Rebecca Yeldham, and
E. Bennett Walsh
Writer: David Benioff
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Based on the acclaimed best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini, the movie opens in San Francisco in the year 2000. A young writer named Amir has just received copies of his first published book when he gets a call from Rahim, an old family friend now living in Pakistan. Rahim tells Amir that the son of Amir’s childhood friend, Hassan, is in trouble and needs Amir’s help. As Amir packs for Pakistan, he recalls what happened in 1978 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Though he is the son of his father’s servant, Hassan is Amir’s best friend. Like the other boys in Kabul, Amir and Hassan fly kites in intense kite-fighting competitions. The challenge is to use your kite to cut down the other kites, then chase down the fallen kites. Amir is in charge of cutting down the other kites, but it is Hassan who knows how to follow the winds that bring down the fallen kites.
Amir and Hassan desperately want to beat the city’s current champion, another rich boy like Amir. With Amir’s widowed father watching proudly, they get their chance in the biggest tournament of the year. Hassan goes to chase down their rival’s kite, but a group of older boys, who tried to bully Hassan and Amir before, grab Hassan and take him to a secluded alley. With Amir watching secretly from the shadows, they beat up and sodomize Hassan.
Ashamed of what happened to Hassan, and feeling guilty about his lack of courage, Amir takes it out on Hassan. He even frames Hassan, planting the new watch his father gave him under Hassan’s pillow. Amir’s father is ready to forgive Hassan, because Hassan’s father is his own closest friend. Hassan’s father is too proud to stay there any longer, however, and he and Hassan leave.
Then, in 1979, the Russians invade Afghanistan. Amir’s father has spoken out against the Communists, so Amir and he leave for Pakistan. They barely escape with their lives to America, but Amir’s father, a rich man in Afghanistan, must take a job as a convenience store clerk. Years later, Amir goes to community college, starts a struggling career as a writer and marries Soraya, the beautiful daughter of an exiled general from Afghanistan. Sadly, however, Amir’s father dies soon after the wedding.
The story cuts back to 2000, with Amir going to Pakistan to meet Rahim, who is dying. Rahim tells Amir that the Taliban, the Muslim fanatics who took over Afghanistan from the Russians, have killed Hassan and his wife, leaving their only son an orphan. He asks Amir to return to that perilous country and save the boy. Amir knows what he must do, but, in doing it, he has to face the dark secrets that still haunt him, including the leader of the bullies who helped destroy Amir’s friendship with Hassan 22 years ago.
This passionate, suspenseful story is executed brilliantly by director Marc Forster, who also directed FINDING NEVERLAND and STRANGER THAN FICTION. A talented cast of virtual unknowns lends credibility to the story, which is a heartbreaking tale of moral redemption.
THE KITE RUNNER has many good things in it, but a crucial scene at the story’s climax shows the protagonist praying for forgiveness in a Muslim mosque. During that scene, a song on the soundtrack talks of seeking and finding forgiveness through the false Muslim god, Allah, and through Mohammed, the brutal false prophet who has led billions of people away from Jesus Christ and into eternal damnation. Mohammed, of course, killed his enemies, but Jesus Christ died for his enemies and their salvation. No one can replace Jesus, who is the one and only true Divine Savior who saves us from our sins.
This passionate, suspenseful story is executed brilliantly by director Marc Forster of FINDING NEVERLAND, with a cast of talented, virtually unknown actors. The movie tells a heartbreaking tale of moral redemption, but a crucial scene shows Amir praying in a mosque while a song talks about earning forgiveness through the Islamic god Allah and the false Muslim prophet, Mohammed. Mohammed, of course, killed his enemies, but Jesus Christ died for His enemies. No one can replace Jesus.