Thursday, 19 August 2010

Kandahar Break ****

- Released date is 10th September.

- You can pre-order it now:

Blu Ray:

- Watch the trailer here:

- Review for Revolver Entertainment

This film has combined two of the most popular film genres there are out there - Romance and Action. But this isn't your Knight and Day type of comedy fuel, this is a serious tale of a man who falls in love with a woman that experiences some of the most heart aching, powerful moments in life you can only begin to imagine.

Based in Afghanistan working for the Taliban government, Richard's (Shaun Dooley) role is a British mine clearance engineer worker. But after spending several years there, he falls in love with an Afghanistan woman Jamilah (Tatmain Ul Qulb). The relationship is forbidden as religion splits them apart, but fighting against everyone they carry on this secret affair. You gain this sense of attachment between the two as the moment we first see them kiss is so tender and caring, you can't help but want them to be together. This is what a romance in film should be like. It's not glamorised into something perfect, it's hard and difficult just as most relationships are.

You may be wondering where the actions comes into play in this feature. After a series of events that captivate your every emotion, we see Richard fighting for his and Jamilah's life. We see him having to hide away from the government he works for, surviving in conditions you only see on the news. It portrays a realistic quality of living that's very hard to come by in film now. The fighting scenes that surrounds the idea of the war currently still going is exactly how you would imagine it to be. But David Whitney (writer and director) hasn't made it bloody or gory, he's sophisticated the violence. This means we don't shy away from watching the aftermath of the bodies laying dead. We see the reactions of the killers, we see the reactions of other people involved in the fight. This is was makes the film so enticing to watch, because you're getting involved in people's emotions rather than blood and guts everywhere.

The location shooting is perfect. The mise-en-scene gives the film an edge which makes it that more believable to watch. It's mostly filmed in derelict houses or in the dessert, pushing away from studios that make films look exactly how they want. It's got natural lighting and real homes in which Afghanistani people live in. You become immersed in the world which is so often thrown at us through the television briefly without being able to gain a sense of fact.

As with the acting, you have every character you need. Dooley plays his part flawlessly from beginning to end. You've got the hated characters as well as the trusted ones. There are a few which seem a little pointless to the story, but I guess it just gives the film a little more depth in terms of who a runaway in his position would come across. And the way these actors have carried this story with such emotion makes it that even more enjoyable to watch. It seems to lose a little edge about 3/4 of the way through, but it picks up at the end with a brilliantly satisfying ending.

A real emotionally packed, war film with romance at its very core.

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