The Kingdom (15)

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Time Out says

Posted: Mon Oct 1 2007

A terrifically stupid film, this Middle East-set actioner thinks it’s ‘Syriana’ but plays like ‘Black Hawk Down’. The drama begins with a car-bomb attack on a fortified compound in Saudi Arabia that’s populated by the employees of an American oil company. That tragedy causes the FBI to send in a four-person crack team – Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper and Jason Bateman – who act like violent outlaws to get the job done, defying the protestations of oily US diplomat Jeremy Piven (playing his character in ‘Entourage’). The film may offer a dig at the US government’s foreign policy, but this is in favour of a far more brutal, interventionist approach. And the attempt in the final scenes to balance out the pain and suggest that we’re all suffering equally on this planet – especially babies – would be laughable if it wasn’t so horribly cynical. At the preview screening I attended, there was a drunk middle-aged woman whooping every time an American kicked ass. Just imagine how the 15-year-olds in Ohio will react. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
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15

UK release:

Fri Oct 5, 2007

Duration:

110 mins

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Mark

I thought it was a well paced film, with good action scenes, All my friends and I have enjoyed it a lot.

Mark

I thought it was a well paced film, with good action scenes, All my friends and I have enjoyed it a lot.

Steve

Total and utter garbage. When visiting another country as a guest of it's government you behave in a relevant manner. You don't break all protocols and generally disregard their faith and hospitality. For someone to have risen to a point in the FBI where they are on first name terms with the Attorney General without learning discretion, tact and manners is laughable.

Tom R

I agree with Christi C - this critic missed the subtext. He went into the movie expecting a mindless action flick and that's all he saw. The fact that the film was dripping with irony completely passed him by.

Tom R

I agree with Christi C - this critic missed the subtext. He went into the movie expecting a mindless action flick and that's all he saw. The fact that the film was dripping with irony completely passed him by.

ed

this film was disappointing. after the thoughtful drama SYRIANA I was expecting more of the same. Instead we had an insult to our intelligent. It was pretty typical of what passes for an intelligent film from Hollywood these days... but the politics were lazy and also some of the action was hilarious... the bungled assasination attempt on Jason Bateman was very funny... "oh sheet, my camera is broken, oh no the angle is wrong!"... Only the conclusion "the whisper vs the words on a dying man's lips" spelt out this naive film's manifesto... Jamie Foxx's teams entry into Saudi was also fudged... total rubbish... The action was OK... Foxx was mumbly and boring like in Miami Vice... Only the Saudi Police Sgt was worth a mention.... lazy film that's way bigger than it's boots

Cpt Ralph

Picked this out late in a field of lame runners in the Vue cinema starting gate on Wednesday, and it's an entertaining film, Well paced and contrary to all the trainee camermen who have revued it I thought the camera work emphasised the edgy nervy state you would be in in such a situation. I thought that farf rom being patronising the scenes portraying the everyday life of the Saudis were believable and sensitively played out.

Karl

If U want to watch just a great action film and not expecting any politically challenging plot, then "Kingdom" is the best ever. U will understand how the terrorist work and see what can really happen... I am givin this film 6 stars

Karl

If U want to watch just a great action film and not expecting any politically challenging plot, then "Kingdom" is the best ever. U will understand how the terrorist work and see what can really happen... I am givin this film 6 stars

David

amazing film one of the best this year!! camera work was outstanding but jamie foxx is just the perfect actor he cant possibly play any role bad

David

amazing film one of the best this year!! camera work was outstanding but jamie foxx is just the perfect actor he cant possibly play any role bad

Peter

dreadful camera work, dreadful indictment of America's arrogance and its simplistic view of the world ... even if it is supposed to be entertainment - which it is not!

darren

if you have strong political views then maybe avoid this film, however, if, like me, your quite happy to watch a good action film with a contemporary plot then give it a go. The humour is good throughout and the fast paced action will keep u happy for 90 mins. Look to deep into the politics around the film and you wont enjoy.

therealist

This review is filled with anti-american bigotry. The reviewer even takes a jab at an audience member who is enjoying the film; for the apparent sake of infecting would-be movie viewers with his hatred. Just for his comments. This wasn't a film review it was a political statement. Therefore, I'm giving the movie six stars. Touche.

therealist

This review is filled with anti-american bigotry. The reviewer even takes a jab at an audience member who is enjoying the film; for the apparent sake of infecting would-be movie viewers with his hatred. Just for his comments. This wasn't a film review it was a political statement. Therefore, I'm giving the movie six stars. Touche.

John

Fascist propaganda. The US is the innocent victim of evildoers, and the answer is to ignore the rules and kick ass. Dismal 'filming by numbers' apart from the performance by the Saudi police colonel and some nice car crashes.

brownsugarbaby

I went and I totaly loved it ( for a girl) loads of action, found some of the camera angles a bit strange, but suppose it was shot as if you were really ment to be there!! It brings it all back to you how the terrorist work, and their strong believes. I work for an airline so the thought is never far from mind of what could actually happen., The final statement hits home as well !!!

brownsugarbaby

I went and I totaly loved it ( for a girl) loads of action, found some of the camera angles a bit strange, but suppose it was shot as if you were really ment to be there!! It brings it all back to you how the terrorist work, and their strong believes. I work for an airline so the thought is never far from mind of what could actually happen., The final statement hits home as well !!!

Jonny B

It certainly wasnt equally portrayed, nor was it the flick of the year, but come on, get off your high horse! You cannot possibly tell me you were expecting a politically challenging plot or original use of action. The trailer itself was crying out 'Western propaganda'. Taking it for what it is I will rate it 4/6 stars. It entertained me (3 stars) and the closing statement echos a certain truth to it (bonus star)

Sexy Cool

Top Notch Shootouts. And a story in there somewhere. But as usual america always wins. I`ve Rated this time! 3 Rules!

Sexy Cool

Top Notch Shootouts. And a story in there somewhere. But as usual america always wins. I`ve Rated this time! 3 Rules!

jose

as an action film, it's very good. the shootouts were some of the best i've seen lately. it's final statement was also very interesting and actually very true.

jose

as an action film, it's very good. the shootouts were some of the best i've seen lately. it's final statement was also very interesting and actually very true.

carol

just home from cinema i can not understand who thought it would be a good idea to film using first person camera it is realy anoying feels as if ive been to a home moovie very poor