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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.
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.
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…
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.
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…
Some good acting.
Some nice scenes.
Some pretty pathetic attempts at having a message.
And yet, who cares. The movie certainly didn't try to make me care too much. I have no idea why I rewatched this. I must have been remembering a different movie.
Box office $ 86.5 million
The plot is twisting and the movie overall spectacular, although this Jason Bourne style story cannot be taken too seriously, in my opinion. The director, just to make the product more real and grab the attention, tries to add complexity and depth but the level reminds somehow the one of episodic TV. There are a few surprises, some forensic elements and the flick bears some resemblance to Syriana, that was a well done film. Action is undeniably spectacular but Jennifer Garner is not that believable and conceptual flaws are present in the plot. The finale is tear jerker but makes sense eventually, since it's not so far from reality..
Not bad, but too much of an attack on the senses. As a war movie, that's probably how it should be. Good performances and action sequences, but the entertainment value is lessened when I know that this isn't too far from the truth. I don't like war movies, but this has a good cast and was in my queue, so what the hell, it's out of the way now.
Excellent war movie. Well acted.
In which Chris Cooper's character has to explain to military men of an advanced country what a sump pump is/does.
Frustrated bureaucratic procedural is interesting. The "different cultures, but we're all alike" stuff less so. Decent last 30.
Un film d'action réussi dans l'univers du Moyen-Orient, avec une pointe de Jason Bourne visuellement (caméra qui bouge pour un effet "pris sur le vif", plans serrés).
Le mélange des deux mondes est un peu trop survolé, tout comme les personnages qui manquent d'épaisseur.
Jamie Foxx et Jennifer Garner savent en tout cas jouer et on croit à leur prestation, et leur maîtrise du combat. C'est punchy à souhait, avec une tension bien présente tout au long de l'histoire. On sent qu'on est dans un endroit où tout peut arriver (Riyad).
D'ailleurs, je ne sais pas si le tournage s'est fait véritablement sur place mais c'est parfaitement retranscrit, le cadre et le réalisme des scènes jouent d'ailleurs pour beaucoup dans la réussite du film.
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First watch since theatrical.
(First movie I saw at Bragg/Fayetteville with a date! She broke up with me a couple days later after I refused to try to sneak her into my onpost living quarters; other barracks-dwellers were less uneasy about breaking those rules with her, I hear.)
2007 reaction was 'Hey, quite an interesting cast they got for an overblown feature-length episode of CSI sprinkled heavily with overwrought geopolitical silliness.' My impression hasn't changed, except that most of the words in that description now have a very positive connotation. The passage of time is a helluva drug.
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