Sikandar (Foot Soldier) (2009)
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A 14-year-old schoolboy from Kashmir becomes an innocent pawn in a treacherous game between militants, the army, peace-broker politicians, and religious leaders after discovering a handgun on his way home from school. Sent to live with his aunt and uncle after militants killed his parents when he was just four years old, Sikandar Raza's primary goals are to make his foster parents proud and keep his soccer game sharp. Then, one day, while walking home from a soccer game with his friend Nasreen, Sikandar finds a gun. Despite Nasreen's gentle attempts to dissuade her friend from picking up the weapon, Sikandar decides to take the gun home, and the darker side of his nature gradually begins to emerge. Later, when people around the city begin getting killed, it starts to become apparent that the young schoolboy has become hopelessly ensnared in a twisted game being played by the people in power. … More
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Critic Reviews for Sikandar (Foot Soldier)
The film boasts a significant story with several effective plot twists that make it worth a look.
Wants to make a statement about hatred and cycles of violence. But this odd, unsuccessful movie is too rigged to have any broader implications.
A simple, cautionary tale gone berserk with potboiling twists and a moral ambition as lush and layered as the Kashmir Valley.
Watching the piece is akin to seeing a good rehearsal shot by a competent technical crew. Nothing more.
Loses steam toward the end, but, nonetheless, manages to be a fascinating and heartfelt drama filled with suspense, intrigue and lush cinematography.
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