By Utpal Borpujari
Marc Forster, the maker of films like Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland and, of course, the James bond saga Quantum of Solace, is the man who adapted Khaled Hosseini’s bestselling The Kite Runner, the story of two young boys from disparate backgrounds growing up in a tumultuous Afghanistan.
The book achieved a cult status for its compelling subject, but was also criticised for presenting what many called a stereotypically negative image of a society under siege. The film sticks to the book, but is not engrossing a view as the book was a read, more so for one who has read the novel.
But the film is not a bad view either, as it goes into the sensitive story of a man who tries to get over the trauma of what he sees was an act of cowardice when he was young. With the backdrop of recent, trouble-torn Afghanistan, the film has compelling performances by the young actors.
The Kite Runner; dir: Marc Foster; Big Home Video; Rs 499