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A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
Political drama/action movie from director Peter Berg. The film begins with a terrorist attack on an American base on Saudi Arabia, the FBI sends in a team to investigate and the first half of the film is spent on the investigation, getting to know the various characters and the difficulties they face dealing with foreign politics. The second half of the film then turns into an edge of seat action thriller with a brutal shoot-out.
The writer does a good job of humanizing the characters, giving them little bits of backstory and giving us a reason to care about them. The cast all do good jobs in their roles with Jamie Foxx and Ashraf Barhom being the stand-outs. The film also features a really good soundtrack and an ending that leaves you thinking long after the credits role.
First rewatch since I bought this on DVD...I guess 9 years ago? I had forgotten how much it rules. For Michael Mann-lite you could do a lot worse, considering the credentials - produced by Mann himself, starring a Mann regular, featuring his later period handheld digital cinematography and teeming with brutal "you are there" action.
Initially I read the movie's racial politics as problematic, the same way many critics seemed to upon the film's release (Americans avenging the death of one of their own in the Middle East, aided by the seemingly only good Saudi Arabian character, plus in retrospect Peter Berg seems to have an issue with shit like this e.g. LONE SURVIVOR) but I don't think THE KINGDOM…
Well this was a divisive film, but only on political lines. Conservatives seemed to like it while liberals hate with a passion. I'm somewhere in the middle where I didn't love it or hate it. Something to watch on tv when you're bored.
Peter Berg is not one of my favorite directors at all. Jamie Foxx on the other hand was a convincing lead along with Chris Cooper, but Bateman and Garner were pretty awful. Do we really need any humor in a film about terrorism? Garner was supposed to be the strong female and yet she comes off as the token useless female. Jeremy Piven was completely miscast and felt more like the guy he played on Entourage.
Smart and entertaining film with an interesting plot that deals with the tension between the Saudis and Americans. Jamie Foxx is good in this movie as an FBI agent who gathers a small team to investigate a terrorisrt attack in the Middle East. Great filming during the attacks and final shoot out scenes. I really enjoyed the final shot in the movie which was very thought provoking.
Intense, exciting, great cast, bad final 5 minutes. I don't care that I'm not supposed to like this.
Had the movie found a better way to climax than reverting to bland, generic action movie tropes then this could have been a far superior film. The broadly political/investigatory nature of the first two acts are good. Characters are thinly painted military cliches and the shooting style is well worn now but it was, for 2 acts, perfectly serviceable stuff. Just a shame about the boring action orientated finale.
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Wow wow wow did I hate the final scenes of this movie. If you watch it, just turn it off when the team gets on the plane to go home.
I can't believe this movie tried to shoehorn in some kind of, what, a lesson at the end?
"I told her we would kill them all."
"He said we will kill them all."
Fuck that. in 2007 were we just in a really weird stage of grief over 9/11, and that made sense as a thing people say to each other? or what's the parallel you're drawing here? I know what you're going for, we're in a cycle of violence begets blah blah blah cue the introspective guitars and let's…
THE KINGDOM may not be as strong as other recent war films (such as Berg's superior LONE SURVIVOR), but Peter Berg still creates an a decent enough thriller with help from a couple great central performances. Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, and Ashraf Barhom are able to elevate any bland dialogue or the predictable and dull characters and actually make them memorable, likeable, and enjoyable to watch. On the other hand, Jason Bateman and Jeremy Piven are completely miscast and add some inconsistent humor to the film. Berg's films in general have this issue (where the humor does not mesh at all with the characters or the plot), but in this film it struck me as a larger issue, just because…
"F.B.I Director James Grace: The end comes no matter what, the only thing that matters is how do you wanna go out, on your feet or on your knees? I bring that lesson to this job. I act, knowing that someday this job will end, no matter what. You should do the same."
A decent enough subMannian thriller with incomprehensibly filmed action scenes.
The Kingdom, at its best, is a riveting and powerful look at the effects of war on those in the Middle East and in the United States, as well as the politics leading up to modern day conflicts. At its worst, it is an anti-Muslim film that plays far too much into action movie cliches. The positives largely come in the first half, in which the film is far more detective-based as this group of FBI agents head to Saudi Arabia to investigate who perpetrated a bombing in the American compound in the country. Here, the writing is quite good and the film showcases just how much the Saudis hate the terrorists as well. However, it seems as though director…
Es un rato mala, pero el último tercio tiene unas escenas de acción bastante inspiradas.
Unico aspetto positivo del film è che per un breve momento ci fanno capire l'umanità degli agenti arabi con qualche scena quotidiana dopo lavoro. Il resto è il solito tran tran sugli americani che vanno in cerca di "uomini cattivi" in giro per il mondo, ma almeno assume una piega più investigativa che guerrigliera. Poi nell'ultima parte viene fuori lo spirito spacca culo americano dove 5 di loro ammazzano una trentina di terroristi...mah
I watched this on Region A DVD.
This is probably one of my favourite post 9/11 political war films. It's a detective story about a bombing in The Kingdom that is Saudi Arabia.
I really don't usually like Jamie Fox nor have I seen Jennifer Garner in anything good for some time but here I think they're both excellent. The supporting cast is also great Chris Cooper I thought was excellent and used just the amount of screen time, Ashraf Barhom is also excellent in his role but I wanted a little more of his character. I hate to say this but Jason Bateman was miscast and way too overly comedic and it didn't suit the film.
I also feel…
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…