Honour is a 2014 British contemporary thriller film focusing on "honour killings".
|Directed by||Shan Khan|
|Produced by||Jason Newmark|
|Written by||Shan Khan|
|Music by||Theo Green|
|Edited by||Beverley Mills|
Isle of Man Film
|Distributed by||108 Media|
|4 April 2014 (UK)|
The story depicts a young woman, Mona, living in London with her family of Pakistani origins. Mona has a boyfriend of whom her family do not approve, and believe the relationship to be a blight on the family's honour. After plans to elope fail, Mona is forced to go on the run from her family, who attempt to locate and punish her, which will likely lead to her being killed.
The critical reception was mixed, receiving a 43% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with a consensus that the positives of Khan's direction were wasted on a "formulaic, intermittently effective thriller". Rex Reed in the New York Observer saying it is "no masterpiece, but it is an accomplished debut", and Jeanette Catsoulis in The New York Times commenting "what this confident debut lacks in subtlety, it more than makes up in execution".Mark kermode of The Observer reviewed the film giving it a rating of 2 out of 5 stars saying it "avoids worthiness but succumbs to melodrama".
- Stephen Dalton, London (4 April 2014). "Honour: Film review. Low-budget British feature about Islamic honor killings is a partially successful hybrid of social-realist drama and escapist revenge thriller". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
An uneven mix of serious issue movie and sensational thrill ride, Honour is no masterpiece, but it is an accomplished debut.
- Rex Reed (7 July 2014). "Run, Mona, run: Aiysha Hart stars in this complicated look at honor killings". New York Observer. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
Aiysha Hart delivers a mesmerizing performance as a beautiful Pakistani immigrant raised in England who disgraces her family by planning an elopement with a handsome preppie Punjabi boy.
- Jeannette Catsoulis (10 July 2014). "'Honour,' a Thriller About British Muslims". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2014.
There’s nothing amateurish, however, about Shan Khan’s writing and directing, unless you count a weakness for melodrama and a pacing more suited to entertainment than to enlightenment.
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