Some of the world’s favourite novels come to life on the Sony Channel (DStv Channel 127) this July so grab the popcorn and hot chocolate, beat the winter chill and watch some of the books that have made it to the movies!
There’s the evocative and haunting story of two young boys in The Kite Runner based on the acclaimed novel by Khaled Hosseini (Wednesday July 8 at 20:00); action galore in Michael Crichton’s Congo (Wednesday, July 15 at 20:00) and intrigue and suspense in the Tom Clancy penned Patriot Games (Wednesday, July 29 at 20:00).
The Kite Runner presents a vision of Afghanistan before the Soviet tanks and before the Taliban. Spanning from the final days of Afghanistan’s monarchy to the atrocities of the Taliban reign, it’s an epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal and an unlikely relationship that develops between Amir, the son of a wealthy Afghan businessman, and Hassan, a servant to Amir and his father. During a kite-flying tournament, an unspeakable event changes the nature of their friendship forever. As an adult haunted by the childhood betrayal, Amir seeks redemption by returning to his war-torn native land to make peace with himself.
Congo is directed by Frank Marshall, a frequent collaborator of Steven Spielberg, who directed another film based on author Michael Crichton’s work, Jurassic Park. Scientist Karen Ross (Laura Linney) is sent by her father-in-law, mogul R.B. Travis (Joe Don Baker), to the Congo to determine the whereabouts of his son’s missing diamond-hunting team. Led by expert guide Kelly (Ernie Hudson), Ross and a mismatched search party – including primatologist Dr Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh), treasure hunter Herkermer Homolka (Tim Curry) and a gorilla – discover a danger far more sinister than anything they expected to find, even in the heart of the jungle!
Patriot Games is a 1992 action-suspense film directed by Phillip Noyce and based on the best-selling Tom Clancy novel of the same name. When former CIA agent Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford) hampers an IRA terrorist attack in London, he kills one of the terrorists. The dead man’s brother, another member of the group Sean Miller (Sean Bean), is arrested but quickly escapes. Vowing revenge against Ryan, Miller travels to the United States, where he forces Ryan’s wife (Anne Archer) and daughter (Thora Birch) into a car accident that badly injures them. This convinces Ryan to re-join the CIA in order to track down those responsible.