In KANDAHAR, Tom Harris (Gerard Butler), an undercover CIA operative, is stuck deep in hostile territory in Afghanistan. After his mission is exposed, he must fight his way out, alongside his Afghan translator, to an extraction point in Kandahar, all whilst avoiding elite enemy forces and foreign spies tasked with hunting them down.
A few of the Three Different Directions team were able to screen this movie a few days before opening night. This is a brief summary of what we thought.
Kandahar, the latest cinematic masterpiece directed by visionary filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh, is a thought-provoking film that weaves together a poignant narrative, brilliant performances, and breathtaking visuals. It delivers a captivating experience that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll.
One of the most commendable aspects of Kandahar is its unflinching portrayal of the harsh realities faced by the Afghan people. Ric Roman Waugh masterfully captures the beauty of the region while never shying away from the horrors of war, presenting a nuanced and authentic depiction of life in conflict-ridden territories. The film’s cinematography is stunning, the first movie to be filmed in Saudi Arabia since Lawrence of Arabia!
The performances in Kandahar are exceptional across the board. Gerard Butler delivers, as always, a great performance. The supporting cast, adds depth and complexity to the narrative, each contributing a unique perspective on the human condition and the complexities of war.
The screenplay, although occasionally predictable, shines through its exploration of universal themes such as sacrifice and resilience. The beginning of the film seems a bit slow, but once the plot is in place it keeps viewers engaged, with the tension gradually building to a climactic finale that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Kandahar’s musical score, composed by David Buckley, further enhances the emotional impact of the film.
Kandahar is a captivating and emotionally resonant film. With its exceptional performances, stunning visuals, and a narrative that strikes at the core of our humanity, Kandahar is a must-watch for movie lovers, especially those who enjoy action films.