Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Kingdom

After a horrifying terrorist attack on a community of Americans living in Saudi Arabia (which results in the death of a federal agent), FBI special agents beg, bribe and blackmail their way into the country in order to find those responsible for the killing.

Led by Ronald Fluery (Jamie Foxx), the group of four Americans are taken through the kingdom by Colonel Faris Al Ghazi, a native who is sympathetic to the American mission, but realistic about the political implications.

The Kingdom, directed by the increasingly impressive Peter Berg, is an old-fashioned action/thriller set amid modern political dynamics. The good guys are clearly good guys, and the bad guys are obvious as well.

While most of the characters are stereotypes--Chris Cooper plays a Southern-born forensic expert who likes to sneak up on people Matlock-style-- the stereotypes aren't offensive, or even annoying. The Kingdom is a fast-paced adventure that plays out to a very satisfying finale.

Although there are some subtle political messages throughout the film, it's the final statement before closing credits that's the most urgent, and the most powerful. Watch the scene, and think about it.


Buzzardbilly said...

Curmy and I really liked that film.

BTW, Jacknuts or no Jacknuts, I thought you'd get a kick out of "Police searching for man shot while trying to steal friend's beer" from the Daily Mail.

The Film Geek said...

Hey Buzzardbilly: I'm glad you wrote about this, because it's a story that should be told time and time again. It's priceless!