The Kite Runner ★★★½

The movie is not groundbreaking, but the multilayered story about friendship, family, betrayal, guilt, and redemption is consistently engaging, and some of the views are eye candy. Zekeria Ebrahimi (young Amir) and Ahmad Khan Mahmidzada (young Hassan) give shining performances, making the boys’ friendship really come alive on-screen. "The Kite Runner" is moving but never overly sentimental.