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How do you stop an enemy who isn't afraid to die?
A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
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.
Peter Berg continues to make himself a cinematic avoidance for myself with yet another film that depicts "Americuh" as the heroes and the Middle-east as the villains, despite all of its pandering and obsession with trying to show that, shock-horror, Muslims are people too.
There are a few prime examples of this, my three favourites being - when the Muslim protagonists are shown at home indulging in their own Middle-eastern traditions and cultures, the non-diegetic music is an electric guitar, just so that they don't alienate western viewers too much. The only protagonist to be killed was a Muslim. And Jennifer Garner.
It could be argued that to have a female sent out to Saudi Arabia with the investigative team…
not endorsable really, since it's incredibly reductive not to mention frequently offensive in its tokenism, and despite the novel setting/approach not even a particularly good procedural since most of the narrative is taken up with our leads being stymied in their efforts to actually investigate a crime.
nevertheless, there's a hell of a last 30 minutes, which contain some nasty SUV pinball, a brutal fistfight with Jennifer Garner getting thrown around like a rag-doll, and one of the best close-quarters tactical firefights this side of Michael Mann.
kind of even worse than ARGO but i am what i am.
Peter Berg's The Kingdom is one of the most intense action films dealing with terrorism. Berg has got a terrific cast at his disposal and he delivers a film with flair and intrigue. The Kingdom is not a perfect film, but it does manage to be quite entertaining. The cast are good considering,. And I loved Chris Cooper (who is one of my favorite actors) in this film. Peter Berg has a tense, thrilling film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Everyone in this film delivered good performances, and it was a very well made film. The plot was interesting and what was interesting about the plot, is that in some areas, especially the ending, it showed…
The last half hour is alright, the rest not so much. Just watch Zero Dark Thirty again. Or anything else really.
Well made film. Suspenseful and interesting story. I thought this was just as good as Hurt Locker.
Personally I think that this is PB's best film work as a Director.....
Second viewing and this still stands up as a really solid Hollywood film about terrorism.
The Kingdom is flawed concerning its plot and storytelling, but it's really entertaining, it benefits from a strong cast, and its action sequences were truly spectacular and thrilling. I think the ending was remarkably well done. Jamie Foxx delivered a solid performance in the main role.
Peter Berg says hand-held cameras with telephoto lenses mimic the human eye best out of all options. Someone should probably have told Peter Berg to go to the eye doctor to have his peripheral vision checked.
Also maybe reminded him he wasn't shooting from the POV of a character, so the camera didn't need to be diegetic OK.
I mean I have eyes I see things with them all the time I am using them to look at your movie I don't need a set of bonus eyes convincing me that eyeballs are looking at the events of your movie.
...but hey the action is pretty cool/novel while still being grounded when you can tell what's happening and the end…
Καριόληδες Άραβες αμολάνε βόμβες στο Ριάντ και επιτόπου σπεύδει άμεσα ομάδα από τέσσερα παλικάρια του FBI προκειμένου να βρει τους ενόχους, που εκτός του ότι τολμάνε και σκοτώνουν κόσμο και κοσμάκη,καθαρίζουν κι έναν πολύ καλό τους φίλο και συνάδελφο.
Δεν με νοιάζουν καθόλου από ιδεολογικής απόψεως τα όσα γίνονται στην ταινία (που είναι για να γελάει κανείς που έλεγε και ο Συρίγος).Αυτό που μετράει είιναι ότι το φιλμ δεν βλέπεται.Κρίμα για τους πολλούς καλούς ρολίστες που παίζουν(Jenkins,Piven,Cooper). Η μόνη καλή φάση είναι όταν ο Bateman εμφανίζεται με μπλουζάκι των Pixies
The history of U.S. oil interests and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the beginning of the film is instructive and very well edited. The movie itself drags a bit after the opening salvo, but that is intended as it builds toward a bloodbath near the end. Jamie Foxx does a great job as the leader of a covert FBI team investigating a terrorist attack on an international oil enclave. The final words of the film are well worth the price of the journey. Chilling. Cautionary. Much too true.
Why did no one tell me how great this film is? Ashram Barhoum is incredible.
Tries for Michael Mann - the candid realism in a scenario that's entirely unrealistic - but Berg is not Michael Mann, and the political stuff is garbage. Best scene: actors name what America is all about - Pabst Blue Ribbon, The Los Angeles Lakers, perky breasts - and Foxx puts it fairly accurately - we may not be the best country, "but we're good at this [kicking ass]."
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