‘Kandahar’ Evaluate: Marooned in a Boring Movie

‘Kandahar’ Evaluate: Marooned in a Boring Movie

Everybody needs to seek out the undercover C.I.A. agent Tom Harris (Gerard Butler), who’s marooned whereas on a mission in Afghanistan: the Taliban, an Iranian hound, ISIS, a Pakistani secret operative. The solely individuals who received’t be on his tail are these on the lookout for motion movie — the stupefyingly sluggish “Kandahar” isn’t it.

For his third collaboration with the director Ric Roman Waugh after “Greenland” (by far one of the best of the three, from 2021) and “Angel Has Fallen” (2019), Butler has picked a slightly ineffective car, similar to when Tom and his translator, Mo, steal a automotive that promptly will get a flat as they rush to catch a flight out of Kandahar.

Not solely is the tempo tepid at finest, however Tom is a bore, with not less than three characters extra intriguing than he’s. Chief amongst them is Mo, portrayed by the superb Navid Negahban (“Homeland,” “Aladdin”). An Afghan exile, he has returned house to attempt to find his sister-in-law — a extra compelling quest than Butler’s, whose prime motivation is … what precisely? Not being late to his daughter’s commencement in London? The nominal star is consistently overshadowed by his co-stars, who additionally embrace Ali Fazal because the dashing, motorcycle-riding Pakistani agent and Bahador Foladi as Iran’s reply to Inspector Javert.

More aggravating is the best way “Kandahar” retains mentioning women and girls — on a big scale, the Taliban oppresses them; on a extra intimate one, Tom is an absentee husband and father — with out truly giving any of them first rate display time. The lip service solely makes that absence extra noticeable.

Rated R for language and ridiculous roughness. Running time: 2 hours. In theaters.

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