The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam
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The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam
A pair of young men living in the 21st century relive the tales of one of their ancient forbearers in this historical drama. Kamran (Adam Echahly) is a 12-year-old boy of Iranian heritage whose older brother, Nader (Puya Behinaein), is slowly dying. Kamran and Nader's family puts a great value on preserving the oral history of their ancestors, and Nader is passing on this responsibility by telling his brother the story of their distant relative, the great scientist and poet Omar Khayyam (Bruno Lastra). In the 11th century, Omar is close friends with Hassan Sabbeh (Christopher Simpson), a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] plodding and pretentious historical drama."
‑ Drew Tillman, Village Voice
"The story behind the making of The Keeper is more inspiring than the film itself."
‑ Dana Stevens, New York Times
"A lovely-looking, capably made motion picture."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"More education than entertainment, Mashayekh's first feature length film tells a valid story but fails to produce on the promise of court intrigues and swordplay."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"For those who know of Omar Khayyam, make the trip to the theater to see this one. If you're just curious, wait for the DVD."
‑ John Venable,
"The writing, acting and direction are so amateurish that the only thing you'll care about is escaping the theater."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Ambitious, heartfelt and grand in both its ideas and its pride of place (the Middle East), the film suffers from its virtues."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Comes to us wrapped in hand-woven shawls of struggle and perseverance."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine
"The Keeper suffers from a surfeit of scattershot acting and clunky narrative devices that usher the viewer back and forth through time with all the subtlety of a culture clash."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"The result is an admirable attempt that fails under the weight of its own ambition."
‑ , E! Online
"The director approaches the enormity of his task with an earnest enthusiasm, offering a likable alternative to the assembly-line banality of so many family films."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A reverentially pokey drama that plays less like a conventional movie than a lengthy series of hagiographic historical tableaux."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"While sumptuously beautiful, the film is often stilted and undermined by some painfully amateurish performances that no good intentions can smooth over."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The movie gets historical with the warring factions in Persia, Hassan's attempt to assassinate the Sultan, and other Lawrence of Arabia style stuff in the desert."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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