Director Peter Berg makes an action movie with a conscience – which is rare these days – in the political thriller, The Kingdom. When terrorists murder hundreds of Americans working for an oil company in Saudi Arabia, F.B.I. agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) volunteers to find the culprits. He assembles a team comprised of an intelligence analyst, Adam Leavitt (Jason Bateman), an explosives expert, Grant Sykes (Chris Cooper) and forensics scientist, Janet Mayes (Jennifer Garner). Oddly enough, the Saudi royals aren’t excited about having the F.B.I. in their country, so they limit them to 5 days to investigate the crime. The Saudi Arabian government tries to complicate things when the agents arrive by stonewalling them and sweeping everything under the rug. (Along with all of the desert sand.) To agent Fleury’s benefit, the investigation is overseen by Colonel Faris Al Ghazi (Ashraf Barhom) who is a fair-minded Saudi police officer who hates terrorism as much as the Americans do. The bullets begin flying when Colonel Al Ghazi and the F.B.I. begin closing in on the murderers. This is one of those realistic action films that can even be enjoyed by people with IQ’s in the triple digits. It has a top notch story, smart dialogue and a riveting climax. What really makes this movie stand out is that it shows the similarities and differences between our two cultures. We see that some Arabians actually believe in justice. Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I showed my intelligence- or lack thereof – when I, along with the other people in the theater, began cheering as dozens of the Arabian killers were mowed down in the end. Maybe I just missed something (which is highly probable when you’re blind) but I didn’t really find this film compelling. I’m giving this well made violent drama a B+ rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.