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The Kingdom 2007

A team of U.S. government agents is sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East...

Release Date:
September 28, 2007
110 min
Peter Berg
Richard Jenkins, Antonio Evans, Chris Cooper, ...
Drama, Thriller, Action ...
USA, Germany
English, Arabic

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Solar rating: 8.5


Imdb rating: 7.1

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Movie started with a small introduction on US, Saudi Arabia relationship. It begins in 1930s and now they both make a powerful ally in the Middle East, but the hurting truth is 15 out of 19 black Friday attackers are Saudi nationals.

Whenever US citizens harmed, FBI was there to investigate and bring justice to their people. Here in this movie, a terrorist attack plotted and a bomb detonated by a terrorist leader in an American compound, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. FBI special Agent Ronald Fleury quickly assembles a team and flies to Saudi to catch the man behind this bloody bomb disaster.

Once they landed in the Saudi soil, they found that Saudi authority was not so keen on assisting them. They considered it as a local matter and also they thought Americans have no role to play here. Anyway Colonel Al-Ghazi helps them to find the help of royal politics, because of him these Americans get full access to the crime scene and evidence. Rest of the story is how they tracked down the terrorist leader.

What I loved in this movie is the pace of the movie. It's not so fast, not so slow, but I agree in some scenes it was bit slowly. There were some scenes expressing the reality specially the ending, where the mind set of Saudi boy and Americans are well described. In another scene this American agent who is a girl, popped up into an apartment with her guns and stuff. Then they show a Saudi woman, in her eyes we can see the astonishing.

Cinematography was fine and the direction was fantastic. Though it's not an outstanding movie, it has something that can make you stick to the movie.
Overall, this was a very good film. The story takes a very long time to set up, but it is worth it. I had heard that it is impossible to take your eyes off of the screen for the last half-hour, and that is very true. Jamie Fox further proves he is an extremely talented individual, with a very good supporting cast and an exellent director and very well shot, this film is worth a trip down to your local video store. I gave it an 8.
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.
With the current influx of movies that revolve around terrorism due to 9-11, I had thought this movie to be the same old thing. Different actors, same concept, same place, evil Middle Eastern madmen plotting to disrupt the peace, then the US saviors would come in and save the day. Typical. I didn't even want to watch this! But boy, am I glad I did.

A baseball game is being played in a compound in Riyadh, and a madman wearing a bomb blows himself up to pieces. Everyone in the area panics and starts running for cover, but other terrorists shoot away at them killing many civilians and children for no reason. The FBI hears of the tragedy and assembles an elite team led by Jamie Foxx, to find the mastermind behind the bombing. Authorities in Riyadh are very uncooperative in giving out any information to the FBI team and it isn't until Colonel Al-Ghazi finally puts his trust in the Americans that they finally get to know what really is happening. Finally sharing the same goal and commitment to find the mastermind of the bombing, they start helping each other out. And this is where the story actually gets pretty interesting. The path as to how two unlikely allies would work together to bring down one common enemy was done very well. Thus, the inner workings of the terrorists were slowly discovered and the goal to find the mastermind behind the bombing leads to an absolutely riveting ending.

I loved how this movie was developed and I was really surprised how it turned out. It wasn't just another movie about an elite team from the US coming down to the Middle East to kill the terrorists. The development of the trust between the two sides were a good battle to watch, and the FBI team of Foxx, Garner, Bateman, and Cooper were great.

Colonel Al-Ghazi though, played by Ashraf Barhom, was superb. He is the best character to look out for in this movie. A Saudi police man dedicated enough to his profession to have a sense of fair play, not typical for characters such as his. He initially plays a babysitter to the FBI team but ended up trusting the men he looked to want to do away with. The movie is simply able to nicely touch on the clashes in culture, religious doctrines, and the self perpetuation of hate, all of which culminates to a final half hour of riveting, vicious, blood spattering action. After watching this movie, I realized how insanely difficult it would be to ever find a madman, such as the mastermind of a bombing, in the Middle East. No wonder they haven't found Bin Laden yet, and I doubt they ever will.
I prevented myself from watching "The Kingdom" in theatres because I knew it was going to be full of mistakes & misleading information. DVD came out & I only rented it because many scenes of the movie were filmed in my city "Abu Dhabi" the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The movie has only good acting & action scenes, but I was disappointed with 10s of big mistakes about Saudi culture, religion, lifestyle, history & country.
It is sad to see Hollywood still sending the deceptive image of Middle East. People of America are free, so they are free to know the truth of Middle East and the life there. That's all I have to say.

"You wanna know Saudis, speak to one of them & don't listen to Hollywood"
It's so terrible, most of happens were lied.

MPAA Rating: R

Runtime: 110 minutes


Trust No One.


After a bombing that kills 100+ US citizens in Saudi Arabia, a FBI team arrives to investigate the cause and try and catch the mastermind behind the plot


Very tense and intense first half. A good cast of actors (Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Gardner) and some excellent action sequences


What starts off as a tense thriller slowly degenerates into a typical Hollywood action movie suddenly making you realize that after all it's a movie and anything could happen! :(


The Kingdom does have its moments and may even keep you engaged throughout, but ultimately there are much better movies out there and hence this does *NOT* get my recommendation

MY Rating: 5/10 :rotten:
It's only natural that there are many films focusing on terrorism, but when there are it's always easy to pick out the best ones. This one sadly doesn't add to that cagagory, although it's not really that bad either.
The point of this film is that everyone on all sides is stuck in the middle of an unwinnable and deadly dilemma. The final scene says it all.

But within this dilemma is a great deal of dramatic motion. Not overly ponderous at all, unless you only like wrestling movies and think "Lost" is a significant piece of drama on TV.

This is a well-done police procedural in a military/civilian setting.

It's the most honest movie to come out of the Middle Eastern scene.

Thanks, Peter and everyone, for a good statement on a very human scale.

When was the last film where people without a translator had to try 6 or 7 times before it is finally understand what the character is trying to say? Or where we take timeout to see the characters at home, where they can be most human? Realistic, and entertaining at the same time. Amidst all the violence. still a very human film.

When it comes to excersising cliches, The Kingdom certainly uses as many as it can in order to get from beginning to end. That being said, the film has a nice balance between its desire for action, and politics it tries to get across yet. Much like Jumper, The Kingdom really wants to get to its intense finale, but unlike it The Kingdom isn't afraid to take its time with certain things it wants to get across in the film. Directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Rundown), and written by Matthew Michael Carnahan(Lions for Lambs), The Kingdom does a pretty good job in showing the parallels between the United States and our crisis in the middle east.

The film is not perfect, and its desire for action and cliches really hurts the films dramatic appeal. The cast of Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ashraf Barhom, and Jeremy Piven work really well in conjuction, but the film isn't really designed to help them stretch their acting chops to the max. The Kingdom is definately a mixed bag of a film, but I wouldn't say it is as bad as some critics have claimed it to be.
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