There are two ways to look at this movie. One: as an entertainer, and two: as a docu-film on the situation in Afghanistan after 9/11. I was apprehensive when I borrowed the DVD because we don't have a great record of making movies on real-world topics (of course, times are changing). So, I watched it as an entertainer, and I got my paisa back. The filming is great, on a grand canvas. The photography is awesome, each frame like a giant portrait. And it is only 1 hour 50 minutes long, without songs. The background music too is nice, and I kind of heard a bit of Malkauns in the chorus and the strings. However, the script and characterization is where, I felt, Kabir Khan failed. This is the second way of looking at Kabul Express: I was not at all convinced by Arshad Warsi and John Abraham's intentions of being there. From scene one, Arshad's Jai complains about being dumped there, and John has that perennial bored look. Come on, you are reporters and phorographers, take it as a challenge! But no! And Arshad Warsi kind of carries his Circuit comedy to this role, which was probably not needed here. The American photographer was irritating, to say the least. Plus, the all-too-familiar ending...from the moment the Talib joins them in their journey (with the sympathy-arousing scenes) the ending of the movie was evident. Too blatant in pointing a finger at Pakistan, Kabul Express's script left a lot to be desired. I give it 3 on 5 for the technical finesse and also for the time-pass factor.