Captain Abu Raed
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Filmed in Amman, Jordan, Captain Abu Raed is a universal story of friendship, inspiration and heroism set in contemporary Jordan. The first dramatic independent feature film to come out of Jordan in the last 50 years. Abu Raed is an aging airport janitor who has always yearned of seeing the world but has never been able to afford to travel. One day a group of children in his poor neighborhood assume he is a pilot and beg him to share stories of the world outside of Amman, Jordan. Through imaginary tales a friendship forms and he finds the grim realities of the children's home life. He takes it upon himself to make a difference.
"A Humanistic Triumph. A Stirring Tribute to the Invisible People in our World who might end up changing our Lives" ---- The Hollywood Reporter
>"Feels like something that Dickens might have written" ---- Screen Daily
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Considering that this movie was Jordan's first in 50 years, and was done with a pretty small budget, it is a very admirable story. The man playing Abu Raed has acted in minor roles before, but nearly all the children casted are first-time actors from refugee camps. The scenery is one of the film's best assets: just as Abu Raed tries to bring the rest of the world to these children in Amman, the director is presenting Amman to viewers around the world, who may otherwise have not been able to see the city and both its upper and working class districts.
The messages the movie sends out are great: that even a man of small means can create a better life for the people in his community. Moreover, even a poor janitor can enrich his life and the life of others through books, as that's where Abu Raed got the inspiration for his stories. The movie made me tear a little in the end as well. Anyone who enjoys sentimental movies will like this one.
Not that the tale was empty, in fact is very engaging and has good pace, however I felt there was more to say, there was a void in me that didn't know how to fill in.
I would recommend it for a viewier with a different idea in mind, different than the one I had. If you want to see a drama full of reality, a social reality that will leave you thinking why we can't enjoy life to the fullest and let others have a happy life, in peace? well, then you go for this one.
I gave it four stars because it is well made, but did not meet my own expectations.
This was a big surprise and well-acted (*incredibly* well-acted by children with no previous acting experience), with an interesting story line. Warning--there is a very serious side to this movie as is evidenced in the end. Don't expect fun and games. In fact, had it ended in a different way I would have given it five stars. Even at four stars, it's definitely worth watching.
Unless you understand Arabic, you'll need English subtitles. If you detest subtitles and don't read Arabic, this movie won't be for you. If you don't mind foreign films, you just may love it. And don't miss "Children of Heaven."
PS--the bonus material is worth a look.
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