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Film Review - Kandahar (2023)


“Kandahar” marks the third collaboration between director Ric Roman Waugh and actor Gerard Butler, with the pair previously dealing with a presidential threat in “Angel has Fallen,” and the end of the world in 2020’s “Greenland.” Their newest effort takes on the lack of peace in the Middle East, with “Kandahar” piecing together elements of spy cinema and action spectacle for what’s ultimately trying to be a character study, using cultural instability to understand multiple sides of this conflict. Those coming to the film for another Butler-led bruiser might be let down by the movie, with screenwriter Mitchell LaFortune aiming to understand personalities and motivations, saving big displays of destruction for just a handful of moments in the feature. Such restraint is laudable, but it doesn’t make the picture riveting work, as the endeavor lacks editorial sharpness, making for only an intermittently grabbing viewing experience. Read the rest at


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