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Review: The Kingdom

The Kingdom
Sep. 28, 2007by:
7 10

A huge explosion goes off at a family picnic in a supposed secure American compound in Saudi Arabia. Many die including women and children. So the U.S send in The A-Team, actually they send in an elite federal investigative team to figure out who did this monstrosity and bring the mofos to justice! Fluffy politics, wicked shootouts and quite a few cleverly written comedic lines all ensue.

This was a no brainer/political/action movie that was well made and fun to watch. It looked good, it was pretty easy to follow and they didnt get too deep into politics. Whatever political aspects there was, they covered it in the opening credits which were pretty educational and cool to watch. The action was intense and well done (the ending had a good 25 minute fire fight),plus you see what the hell was going on! Jason Batemans comedic relief was extremely welcomed but when the bullets started to fly, his character could really switch it up. Jamie Foxx did his thing. He was good but I didnt really buy in into his leadership role. I think he should have switched with Chris Coopers character, who, by the way, was good as an explosives expert. Every time I see Cooper, he just seems to be more of a commanding presence on screen and in this film he was more on the sidelines. Garner was O.K and came off as a regular kinda gal but I was extremely impressed with her action sequence! She kicked ass and took numbers while doing it. Oh yeah, I must not forget the Piven, a very grey Piven I might add. He played Ari Gold but for the US embassy.

The character that really took me by surprise and is the Middle Easts equivalent to Jean Reno is Ashraf Barhoum. His chemistry with Foxxs character was extremely enjoyable and cool to watch. I hope he gets to do more American films as he was just awesome and he has that it quality to make it.

Peter Berg does another great job behind the directors chair. He has such a raw style to his visuals that it just compliments his action sequences. He is certainly developing his craft and hes turning into a director that will have me checking out his films just because its him.

It was a little hard to follow some of the Saudi officials and figure out whos who, but it aint the end of the world and it doesnt take away much from the movie. In terms of accuracy on how it is over there in the kingdom, I wouldnt know, but my buddy is from the Middle East and he says there is no way in heaven that Jennifer Garners character could walk around clothed the way she was. It just wouldnt happen. ANYWAYS!

At the end of the day, it was a good popcorn flick where you dont have to think too much. Its a fun ride and most will enjoy the action.

300 (10/10)
Blades of Glory (8/10)
Black Snake Moan (8/10)
Catch and Release (5/10)
Deja Vu (6/10)
Eragon (4/10)
Factory Girl (7/10)
Grindhouse (9/10)
Premonition (3/10)
Reign Over Me (8/10)
Shooter (6/10)
The Astronaut Farmer (8/10)
Norbit (6/10)
The Departed (9/10)
The Lookout (7/10)
TMNT (8/10)
Wild Hogs (5/10)
Zodiac (7/10)

-- by Tim Goernert



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