Reviewed by: Rachelle Smotherman
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|Featuring:||Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ashraf Barhom, Ali Suliman, Jeremy Piven, Richard Jenkins, Tim McGraw, Kyle Chandler, Frances Fisher, Danny Huston, Kelly AuCoin, Anna Deavere Smith, Minka Kelly, See all »|
|Producer:||Universal Pictures, Forward Pass, MDBF Zweite Filmgesellschaft (Germany), Relativity Media, thinkfilm, Mary Parent, John Cameron, Sarah Aubrey|
“How do you stop an enemy who isn’t afraid to die?”
“The Kingdom,” starring Jamie Foxx (“Dreamgirls,” “Collateral”), Jennifer Garner (“Catch and Release,” “Alias”) and Chris Cooper (“Breach,” “The Bourne Identity”) is one part political thriller, two parts action and three parts riveting!
Set in Saudi Arabia, “The Kingdom” opens with American oil workers and their families enjoying a company baseball game and picnic in a guarded compound. The innocence of this event is snatched up with the intrusion of terrorists who gun down everyone in their sight and continue creating carnage until the damage is so severe it warrants the attention of the F.B.I. back in the states.
Against much opposition from authority, Special Agent Ronald Fluery (played by Foxx) is determined to lead a team of counter-terrorism agents into Saudi Arabia to find the killers and bring them to justice. Fluery soon discovers that arriving in Saudi Arabia with his team of agents is only a small part of the battle as they face continued cultural clashes and bureaucratic obstacles. Just when Fluery and his team finally form an alliance with one of the Saudi police officers and begin making headway in their search for truth, they realize their work of locating the evasive terrorists has just made them the biggest targets of all.
An underlying theme throughout “The Kingdom” is one of a desire for unification between Saudi and American officials. The movie portrays this alliance as strictly being the result of the supplier/consumer relationship that has developed over oil. However, it goes a bit deeper in parts as it shows the distress that the Saudi government feels over the presence of terrorists in its country and gives the audience a more forgiving glance into their world.
Being an action/military movie, this movie is peppered with foul language. A handful of f-words and several other profanities were uttered, but nothing compared to most recent war movies. The violence is pervasive and often graphic, but not gratuitous. It gives the audience a very realistic idea of what takes place when terrorism strikes, but could have been much worse. There is one reference to a female’s chest, but other than that, no sexually-related content at all.
While some audiences may criticize the lack of deep character development in this movie, “The Kingdom” dazzles with its top-notch cast, intense plot and non-stop action. Be prepared to be grabbed from the opening scene and held captive until the closing finale. It’s a fast paced ride!
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: None
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