Starring: Gerard Butler, Navid Negahban, Ali Fazal, and Bahador Foladi
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Although it’s admirable that Mission Kandahar has more on its mind than most Gerard Butler flicks – chiefly, the complex consequences of the U.S.’s departure from Afghanistan – it doesn’t quite have the necessary sophistication to navigate that conversation. Anyone expecting an action-packed ride likely will be disappointed, but what’s more disheartening to me is how good the film could have been with a few more passes at the script. Butler remains as watchable as ever, and Ric Roman Waugh seems a fitting director for his particular brand of hero, but this one just didn’t work…at least not like Greenland did.
I really enjoyed director Ric Roman Waugh and Gerard Butler's last team-up, Greenland, but Mission Kandahar can only be described as a disappointing follow-up. Promoted as an action film, it's not particularly exciting. In fact, it focuses a lot more on its meandering dialogue while being shot in increasingly dark spaces. Honestly, I'm all for realism, but there are points where it felt like I was just listening to a podcast. Unfortunately, Mission Kandahar wasn’t able to hold my attention, but I'm still hopeful that Butler and Waugh’s next offering, Greenland: Migration, can right the ship.