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Paramount Vantage
Now playing in select cinemas

As we know with book adaptations, the fate of the film lies in the hands of the director.  In this case, audiences around the world are waiting for anxiously for “The Kite Runner” to be released.  Whether they read the book or read the papers about a very controversial scene in the film, where the two Afghani boys had to be flown out of the country for safety reasons, it is on viewers’ list of things to do.   Marc Foster (“Monster’s Ball,” “Finding Neverland”) took a very commercial approach for this film that takes away from the raw beauty of the country and the subject.  Amir (Khalid Abdalla), a novelist, has just found out that the son of his childhood best friend is in trouble.  He then decides to revisit the life he has chosen to forget in order to help, and ultimately, redeem himself from the one thing still haunting him.  Featuring a cast of no-names (which does aide certain parts of the film), it will miss the Oscar buzz radar.  With a very journalistic-type subject, it’s a yawn of a film that makes you want to walk out because you know the end at the beginning.  For the holidays, I suggest you steer clear of Afghanistan.