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The Kingdom (2007)

Released on 28 January 2008

Featuring: Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner & Jason Bateman

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Oscar® winners Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper team up with Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman to ignite the screen in The Kingdom a high-intensity action thriller.

After a deadly terrorist attack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, takes the lives of many innocent American civilians, the FBI decides to take action by sending a team to capture those responsible. Hot shot Special Agent Ronald Fluery (Jamie Foxx) gets the task of a lifetime when he is picked to lead the elite group into conflict. With agents Janet Mayes, (Jennifer Garner), Adam Leavitt, (Jason Bateman), and Grant Sykes, (Chris Cooper), at his side, Fluery is confident that they will be able to infiltrate and bring down the terrorist cell within a week's time. Once there, however, the group finds themselves crippled by the disorienting culture, the scorching heat, and the dirty, labyrinthine politics. It isn't long before the foursome begins to doubt the reliability of their supposed informants and allies, which eventually leads them to question their own abilities. With local law enforcement more of a hindrance than help, Fluery finds unexpected aid from a sympathetic Saudi police captain. Soon, the FBI unit picks up the track, leading them to the inevitable showdown with the opposing force.

Based on the Riyadh compound bombings which took place on May 12, 2003, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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 Average rating (87 reviews)

 Good actioner, but not much else.

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Like 'Blood Diamond', this film wants to be a political thriller and an action movie, but ends up sacrificing the former for the latter. There are good perfomances, but no real characters - although the ending at least manages to be memorable while still satisfying action fans.

 Missed Opportunity

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The sort of film that gives the USA a bad name. Americans are always right and clever and everyone else is bad, stupid and corrupt. Little more than Rambo in Saudi Arabia. Expected something cleverer and more down to earth

 GOOD

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I had very high expectations of The Kingdom, I thought the trailers were excellent and I was expecting a highly polished, cerebral action thriller. Firstly, the 'cerebral' part of that statement just wasn't there. I mean, apart from literally the last moments of the film, there is really no clear message to be found. I'm not saying that all films should have a message, but I feel like The Kingdom was marketed in a slightly misleading way, which admittedly is nothing new with regards to Hollywood.

I actually liked the movie a lot and it had plenty of good points which I will come to in a second. But firstly there were a couple of negatives...

The movie itself is a slightly less stylish and cool version of a Michael Mann film. I spent most of the two hour duration wishing he had directed it, and there are a few moments where I felt Peter Berg was basically just doing his best to imitate Mann's visual style, and frankly it just didn't work.

My main problem with The Kingdom is that it had a major identity crisis; it didn't have enough action to be considered an all out, balls-to-the-wall action flick, and it just wasn't smart enough to be a message movie. I also felt like the writers were trying too hard to inject humour into the dialogue at inappropriate moments and that Jason Bateman served no purpose other than to deliver these clumsy lines.

Now the good points; Jamie Foxx is as charismatic as they come and he anchors the movie exceptionally well with a knowing and capable performance. Chris Cooper, who happens to be a brilliant actor, is underutilised. Jennifer Garner plays to type as the chick with a gun. Bateman, as stated above, is a rather pointless addition to the cast.

Most of the film is made up of cat and mouse games with generic terrorists and a limited exploration of cultural barriers and differences which is played for laughs a little too often and is more interesting than informative. The dialogue itself is very smart in places (there is a sublime moment at the end of the movie that's well worth the admission price alone) but the action is a little too long in coming, however when it does finally arrive it's brilliantly done with a spectacular gun battle and car chase combo with a hint of Jihadi beheading thrown in for good measure.

Overall, The Kingdom is greater than the some of its parts. It's a visceral and exciting experience but there is a lot of squandered potential simmering beneath the surface of this polished and pleasing popcorn movie.

 TURBULENT TIMES!

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This is one of the best action thrillers of last year, that will give you a little more to think about after the movie has ended, then the usual blockbuster.
With it's all star cast playing FBI investigators looking for clues to who is responsible to a massive suicide bombing on an American compound on Saudi Arabian soil. This gives way to some massive moments of culture clash especially when one of the investigators is a woman ( Jennifer Garner) The investigation builds like a strong episode of CSI and grips the viewer, as the team search for clues, but all the time tension builds as the terrorist cell plan another attack to take out these American intruders.
The film handles the turbulent situation of our times even handedly, trying never to show one side is right the other wrong. The brilliant opening title sequence gives you a quick history lesson of the 70 turbulant years in Saudi Arabia. It never preaches and does it's best to show both sides of this so called holy war on the west. There is very little flag waving for a movie of this nature, as the FBI are out of there depth and need help from the Saudi's to carry on the investigations.
The film builds to a outstanding action packed last quater as one of the team gets kidnapped and faces decapitation!
These scenes are quite harrowing as you do get flash backs of what has been reported by the media and shown on the internet of the fate of some western workers over the last five years, by these so called extreamist's.
No doubt this film will be loved by some and loathed by others, with some reviews complaining that the film yet again the west singles out the muslims as the bad guy's, but they should look with better eyes than that. This is only a film and it's made to entertain, not to change the world. What the film does say, is that the climate we live in today, our action we take now will depict what happens in the future!
Excellent entertainment that gives you somthing to think about long after the movie has ended!
Love it or hate it, the choice is your's.

 TURBULENT TIMES!

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This is one of the best action thrillers of last year, that will give you a little more to think about after the movie has ended, then the usual blockbuster.
With it's all star cast playing FBI investigators looking for clues to who is responsible to a massive suicide bombing on an American compound on Saudi Arabian soil. This gives way to some massive moments of culture clash especially when one of the investigators is a woman ( Jennifer Garner) The investigation builds like a strong episode of CSI and grips the viewer, as the team search for clues, but all the time tension builds as the terrorist cell plan another attack to take out these American intruders.
The film handles the turbulent situation of our times even handedly, trying never to show one side is right the other wrong. The brilliant opening title sequence gives you a quick history lesson of the 70 turbulant years in Saudi Arabia. It never preaches and does it's best to show both sides of this so called holy war on the west. There is very little flag waving for a movie of this nature, as the FBI are out of there depth and need help from the Saudi's to carry on the investigations.
The film builds to a outstanding action packed last quater as one of the team gets kidnapped and faces decapitation!
These scenes are quite harrowing as you do get flash backs of what has been reported by the media and shown on the internet of the fate of some western workers over the last five years, by these so called extreamist's.
No doubt this film will be loved by some and loathed by others, with some reviews complaining that the film yet again the west singles out the muslims as the bad guy's, but they should look with better eyes than that. This is only a film and it's made to entertain, not to change the world. What the film does say, is that the climate we live in today, our action we take now will depict what happens in the future!
Excellent entertainment that gives you somthing to think about long after the movie has ended!
Love it or hate it, the choice is your's.

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ActorsJamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Chris Cooper, Jermey Piven, Frances Fisher, Richard Jenkins, Brook Langton, Kelly AuCoin, Kyle Chandler, Amy Hunter & Tom Bresnahan
DirectorPeter Berg
Certificate15 years and over
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; Arabic ; Danish ; Finnish ; Icelandic ; Norwegian ; Swedish
Duration1 hour and 45 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.