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In the Name of God (Khuda Ke Liye) (2007) (Pakistan)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:34 pm
by hengcs

Director: Shoaib Mansoor
Cast: Shaan, Fawad Khan, Iman Ali, Rasheed Naz, Naseruddin Shah

Often, people generalize for simplicity, but stereotyping stinks and profiling perturbs. The film is important for its message - that peace prevails and harmony heartens. The film relates the intertwined lives of two brothers and a girl, who are all of Muslim descent. The younger brother seeks the meaning of a true Muslim, the elder brother ventures to Chicago for music, whereas the girl who is brought up in London falls in love with a British. The film challenges some things that are done, especially in the name of God. Despite a few technical inadequacies and occasional predictability that predicates films dealing with these issues, the film is rather compelling. Audiences should be able to empathize and emote with the characters. Although no film has the power to change the world overnight, they all hope to do their little bit to create awareness.
4 stars out of 5

~ hengcs

Re: In the Name of God (Khuda Ke Liye) (2007) (Pakistan)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 10:48 pm
by arsaib4
I see that you've made some changes in how you organize your reviews, at least those covering film fests. And you've added a rating. I like the new style!

Re: In the Name of God (Khuda Ke Liye) (2007) (Pakistan)

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 2:58 am
by hengcs

ha ha ... thnks for the encouragement
likewise, justin emailed me to praise the new style too ... hee hee

actually, i did write in paras before
click 4.30 (2005)

(i) essay vs point form

the reasons why i wrote in essay form for that film were
-- i wanted to support local films and i think i was among the first few to write an analysis of it (not just synopsis)
-- maybe if foreign distributors chanced upon this website, they might want to help local films

the reasons why i have not written in essay since then were
-- it is less time consuming to write, and it is faster to read ... hee hee
-- also, sometimes, there are 1 or 2 points I really want to comment on that would not be in sync with the coherence of the entire essay ... so, to include them, I chose to write in points

BUT since most of you prefer essay, I will try to do so ...

(ii) ratings

it is kind of difficult at times, let me explain ...

-- if you use a 5 point scale (which is good and simple)
all the 3.5 in SIFF ratings may not exactly reflect my sentiments about the film ...
some are nearer the high end of 3.5, some are nearer the low end

-- however, if you use a 10 point scale (which is more refined)
sometimes it gets difficult to accurately rate them as 6.5, 7, 7.5 etc
who knows, on second watch, my rating may change

-- more importantly, there are some films that may boast of numerous good points, hence deserving a watch. BUT often, a poor rating does not accurately reflect my occasional sentiments that the film still deserve a watch. hence, i would rather not get into that predicament ... ha ha

PS: I wrote essay for SIFF films to be in sync with justin's and John Li's style ...

Re: In the Name of God (Khuda Ke Liye) (2007) (Pakistan)

PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:29 am
by justindeimen
Please do not feel obligated to rate your films on any scale you're uncomfortable with. I sure as hell wish I don't at times

Personally, I'm trying to find a scale that would work for me in forum postings. A's 100 point scale is intriguing to me, but I just don't believe that I would be able to find as much nuances in films viewed as he evidently can through his rating system.