Sikandar (Foot Soldier)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film boasts a significant story with several effective plot twists that make it worth a look."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Watching the piece is akin to seeing a good rehearsal shot by a competent technical crew. Nothing more."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Sikandar does the one thing unforgivable for a film concerned with ethical accounting: absolve the hero of ultimate responsibility for his actions."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
"Wants to make a statement about hatred and cycles of violence. But this odd, unsuccessful movie is too rigged to have any broader implications."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Loses steam toward the end, but, nonetheless, manages to be a fascinating and heartfelt drama filled with suspense, intrigue and lush cinematography."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"A simple, cautionary tale gone berserk with potboiling twists and a moral ambition as lush and layered as the Kashmir Valley."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"Despite one-dimensional characterization of adult Muslim characters, this is a moving story about what happens to a Muslim boy who discovers a gun."
‑ Louis Proyect,
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