June 3, 2013
Set in Somalia and starring Somalian refugees, yet doesn't feel quite as sentimental as you'd expect. It feels a bit disconnected from it subject and isn't so much a complete story as much as a series of small events. Certainly the weakest of the 2013 Oscar nominated live action shorts. Harun Mohammed is good as the titular Asad, and you want to root for his strong will, but the film doesn't really give you too much to root for. Ultimately, it just drags for the short run time and doesn't really leave you feeling much of anything.
February 26, 2013
An OK Oscar nominated short, but nothing memorable.
February 16, 2013
Looks great, but falls short. This could have been a much better film with some more direction, but it is solid enough to deserve an Oscar nod.
February 5, 2013
Eh. Definitely the most underwhelming of the live-action shorts.