The Kingdom (2007) [HD DVD]
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Once upon a time, the government of Saudi Arabia granted permission for an American company to dig some exploratory holes around the country. As luck would have it, instead of water they found oil, and lots of it, and so began the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco.) This discovery and the resulting agreements for profit sharing gave the Saudi monarchy the wherewithal to purchase yachts with gold toilets and other such necessities, but also brought about the hatred of certain fundamentalists.
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Terrorists attack the residential compound of an American oil company, killing many innocent people
2. FBI team of Jamie Foxx (team leader), Jennifer Garner (forensics), Chris Cooper (demolitions) and Jason Bateman (intel analyst) have five days to find out whodunit
3. Middle of movie takes a while to get around to the point, establish relationships, sort through debris, find clues and create a speaking role for Jeremy Piven.
4. Ending rocks
1. Somewhat political, but not overly so
2. Somewhat religious, but not overly so
3. Extremely moving at times, with characters from both sides freely showing their emotions
4. Well acted in most cases
5. Great beginning and end, but a little too much left in the middle
6. Recommended for those who like well-acted action movies with a political/religious slant and not much of a plot
The movie itself is a well-crafted thriller that is very topical in that it encompasses the war on terror but told from the viewpoint of all sides and also as it takes place in a nation not under war but certainly the locus of much of what is going on in the Middle East. The twists are very good as is the process and how we get there.
The cast is first-rate right down to every extra in this. Special kudos to the two guys who play the main Arabian cops. Also, is Jamie Fox in a bad movie ever. I mean the guy really knows how to pick his roles and find ones that fit him perfectly. A big surprise is Jason Bateman playing against comedic type and showing, hey, this guy can act. I look forward to more Bateman in roles like this (and his asides in the extras are classic as well).
Lastly, I get the Friday Night Lights' Permian Football or Panthers T-shirts director Peter Berg wore in the extras but I was trying to figure out the New York Giants' one as I associate him with Texas because of the Friday Night Lights movie. Then I see he's from NYC. Got it.
The first is driven a genre that demands violence, violence and more violence. Its FBI agents are more like Rambo than real agents. They're too proficient at street combat with automatic weapons to be believable, and they're too obsessed with a revenge-filled 'killing them all' to be real pros. Good investigators don't gun down the little guys in a crime. They use them to get to the big guys.
The second problem is more serious. Hollywood'in this case Universal Pictures'is absolute terrified by terrorism and it shows in the films they are producing. Illustrating that the bully and coward often inhabit the same skin, the film's bullying bloat of violence closes with a cowardly pairing of scenes where the terrorist's murder of children on a playground is equated to the FBI's pursuit of terrorists. It's Hollywood's way of saying to terrorists, 'Blow up a school or a subway, but leave us alone. We're harmless.' More worthless than harmless, I'd say.
Imagine a film like Patton closing with scenes that equate the U.S. Third Army crossing the Rhine with the Nazi S.S. at Auschwitz, and you get a taste of just how foul the ending to this film is.
Michael W. Perry, editor of Dachau Liberated
The hook for this movie is pretty good, with the terrorist attack and the need for vengeance. But then most of this movie is about investigating the bombing, although to be more specific it would be trying to investigate the bombing since the FBI agents are put under such strictures by the Saudi police that they might as well go back home and check things out using a spy satellite. However, the last act of "The Kingdom" is what justifies this movie, because there is a another terrorist attack and the quartet of Americans are right in the middle of it.Read more ›
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Wasn't the movie I thought it was but good movie nonetheless kind of a late night TV moviePublished 9 months ago by Kobalt
Avery good movie at good price,very fast shipping,good communication too.Published 19 months ago by JeanMcCarthy
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