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Review: The Kingdom

One Word: AMAZING!

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When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) quickly assembles an elite team (Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman) and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing. Upon landing in the desert kingdom, however, Fleury and his team discover Saudi authorities suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol-and with the clock ticking on their five days-the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts, who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms. Fleury’s crew finds a like-minded partner in Saudi Colonel Faris Al-Ghazi (Ashraf Barhoum), who helps them navigate royal politics and unlock the secrets of the crime scene and the workings of an extremist cell bent on further destruction. With these unlikely allies sharing a propulsive commitment to crack the case, the team is led to the killer’s front door in a blistering do-or-die confrontation. Now in a fight for their own lives, strangers united by one mission won’t stop until justice is found in The Kingdom.
Source: IMdb

The way the movie was directed was unreal! The action scenes were cool, the story was well written and acted and they didn’t seem to have that sorta ideal that “All Muslims are evil!”. I loved the start of the movie (the opening credits) which I really won’t get into since most of you may not have seen the movie yet but I will say that it’s interesting information! The action scenes were cool and there is one scene when you’ll go OUCH! One thing that got me puzzled was that Jennifer Gardener played one of the FBI agents but she walked around in tiny little t-shirts instead of covering up which you’re supposed to do when you leave Western Compounds there. Just something I noticed along with the Police dudes praying on the ground instead of prayer mats! Prince Thamer was a hottie & Faris the cop was so funny when talking to the FBI agents!

By far, it’s the best movie I’ve watched this year and it’s one that I’d watch time & time again! I’d totally recommend it!

[rating: 4.5/5]

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    chikapappi
    October 12, 2007 at 12:32 am

    I will watch it – I thought I’d say, Eid Mubarak :P

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    Pink Gurl
    October 12, 2007 at 12:53 am

    I didn’t watch it yet!
    bs i hate movies that shows the arab in a bad way!!! is this movie one of them ??

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    H-H-SH
    October 12, 2007 at 1:03 am

    me 2 i hate movies shows arab in a bad way
    Eid Mubarak

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    G-Funk
    October 12, 2007 at 4:44 am

    Eid Mubarak if you really care.

    Banned in Kuwait . I’ll wait for the DVD

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    Dreamy
    October 12, 2007 at 11:39 am

    looking forward seeing it, thank yaw for the recommendation ^_^

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    Marzouq
    October 12, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Damn I really wanted to see this movie! Might go to Dubai for work for one day, while I’m there I will watch it for sure! Hopefully I go!

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    Mademoiselle
    October 12, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    I agree with wot Pink Gurl have said.. i dont like to watch movies of this kind >.

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    ananyah
    October 12, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    I didn’t say the movie showed arabs in a bad way, if you actually watch the movie you’ll see they don’t. If you read what I actually wrote about the movie you’ll see that I stated “the story was well written and acted and they didn’t seem to have that sorta ideal that All Muslims are evil!â€?. Thus meaning that they didn’t make the movie in a way that makes all arabs/muslims evil.

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    TAT
    October 13, 2007 at 7:44 am

    Is it better than the siege?

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    chikapappi
    October 13, 2007 at 11:05 am

    It’s not gonna be in Kuwait ! LOL! DVD then :)

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    Glamorous
    October 13, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    OMG this movie is SO GOOD ! i saw it last weekend..

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    Fahad Albutairi
    October 13, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Well, as a Saudi national currently living in the US, I have my own opinion about this movie. It’s a good action movie, that I will not argue; however, the storyline was poor, incidents were exaggerated, and the plot was aimless. There’s a reason they made so many efforts to publicize it way before it was released.

    If you want to see die-hard-like explosions and gun fights, watch it. If you seek education, don’t!

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    missy
    October 13, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    aah i so needed a good movie.. I had an accident last week and my car is getting fixed, hence no car = stuck at home! :(

    not a big fan of action though… but im downloading it now ;) thankxx. :*

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    mishref
    October 13, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Just came back from the cinema. Quite a cool movie with a fairly balanced and realistic view of the situation in the middle east!. Somewhere between Micheal Moore and Fox’s 24 TV series.

    The action was a bit exaggerated! (6 Bazooka’s and no one of the “elite” team got killed!) but was a lot of fun hehehe.

    Also the last bit of the movie had a very interesting point stating how violence is vicious cycle and really it is not the solution to go for.

    The Arabic accent of these guys is quite funny and they way they speak is a translation from English to Arabic which is quite funny to listen to.

    Over all 4 1/2 as you scored it.

    P.S.: There is absolutely no point to ban this movie in Kuwait.

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    Taqo
    October 14, 2007 at 6:25 am

    I just saw it today. Few hours ago, actually.

    All I can say is that this is NOT the Riyadh that I grew up in.

    El9ara7a, I hated it =/
    I dunno, maybe I’m being a bit biased here, but I don’t think anyone who has actually lived in Riyadh (or Saudi Arabia, for the matter) would say that this movie depicted it very well…
    From watching this movie, a person would get the notion that Saudi Arabia is made up of:
    A) Royals and
    B) Extremists

    O bas.

    But, I liked the last lines. When they were both like “He/I said ‘Don’t worry, we’ll kill them all'”…made you think.

    I thought the movie was going to be way better than it was. The storyline was pretty crappy.

    Elzbda, I left disappointed, and more than a bit depressed :p

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    MacaholiQ8
    October 14, 2007 at 6:59 am

    Looks like a great movie. I don’t think it will ever reach kuwait theaters, would it?

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    Dal3ko0om
    October 14, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    I Think it’s really a great Movie…

    Thanks for giving us those bits about the movie

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    Intlxpatr
    October 15, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    LLOOOOLLLL at Jennifer Garner/Sydney Bristow running around in her tiny little T-shirts, and oh yeh, isn’t the FBI one of the most conservative bureaucracies (think suits and ties) in the world?

    How are YOU? How did your recent tests go? New medication? Helping with fewer side effects?

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    Ansam
    October 17, 2007 at 9:28 am

    I wanna see it! I may do it marzouq’s way! I am going to dubai next month and maybe I get to see it. Marzoug I will break that rule of traveling and going to the movie theater :-P

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    Laila
    October 18, 2007 at 4:50 am

    I wish i have time to watch it, hopefully during reading week!

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