The Kingdom

When the movie started off on the multiplex screen and five minutes into the movie I knew I was going to like this movie.

I was going to like it because it seemed to be extremely well researched, well made and well scripted movie and it reminded me of other movies like Syriana, Good Night and Good Luck and many other drama and thrillers that I just love watching.

The Kingdom is a nicely scripted and well made thriller. Directed by Peter Berg (also an Actor) and written by Michael Carnhan, starring Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman and a host of wonderful actors such as Ashraf Barhoum (an Israeli but playing a Saudi here) and Ali Sulaiman the movie is a tale of a hunt for a terrorist killer in a foreign land by a group of committed FBI agents who soon become the targets themselves. In a land which is a stranger to them, with its clear and committed religious and social customs the group of FBI agents find an alley in the local Police Chief Colonel Faris Al ghazi and the loyal Sergeant Haytham who have to face the anger of the local terrorist whose anger towards the west is expressed by bombs and shooting of US citizens.

The Kingdom being referred to is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the tale starts off with an update on the historic events and then leading on to an immense act of terror on US citizens in the middle of Saudi Arabia, which triggers the FBI team's mission. A mission in hostile territory for they are the westerners seen as corrupting the holy lands.

The FBI team led by SPAC Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) have to put aside their thirst for revenge and focus on the task at hand, which is to find the killers of the most horrific attack on Saudi soil on US citizens.

The movie is well directed and tightly scripted(like I said before) with quite a few entertaining dialogues, some excellent performances and does have a deeper meaning to it than made obvious . This meaning strikes you as a dialogue at the end of the movie . A dialogue spoke by the FBI agent of his colleague when the bombing occurs and dialogue that is reverberated by the dying terrorist mastermind to his grandson at the end of the movie and that makes you think. What is the root cause of terror ? Does terror beget terror ? Jennifer Garner looks as good as she did on Alias but obviously the star of the movie is Jamie Foxx who puts in a controlled performance and receives excellent support from the other actors. Ashraf Barhoum actually steals the show as the Saudi Police chief who portrays an intensity as the police chief having torn between different dimensions of his life which including having to bear the brunt of inter-departmental politics, being impressed by the investigative capabilities of the FBI, believing in their purpose and also having a family to look after.

Watch this movie, for its one of the few terror related thrillers in recent times that does its job well.


Trew Life Advice,  December 13, 2007 at 7:15 AM  

I didn't even know that this movie was supposed to be a thriller. Wow! Learn something new everyday.

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Ved December 13, 2007 at 7:19 AM  


Well...with movies, some are meant to be thrillers and never thrill and other just thrill you to bits. For sure this movie was not an emotional drama !

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