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The Kingdom
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Starring: Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Chris Cooper, Ashraf Barhom
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Leave them at home.
Date Movie: It's okay for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Jennifer Garner wears some tight t-shirts which is about it.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of gunfire, people getting killed, and a suicide bombing with lots of dead bodies.
Action: At the end.
Laughs: Not really.
Memorable Scene: The giving of the marble.
Memorable Quote: I can't remember what it was.  Guess it wasn't that memorable then, but I remember it made me laugh.
Directed By: Peter Berg
Produced By: Michael Mann, Scott Stuber

The Kingdom
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:50 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Funny, from the trailer for "The Kingdom" you would have thought the movie would be a non-stop, action-packed thriller about some FBI dudes (and dudette) investigating a bombing in Saudi Arabia. If thatís the movie you are looking for you might want to skip the first hour and a half of this movie and just catch the ending. Here we goÖ

Thereís a big suicide bombing at a compound for the families of an oil company in Saudi Arabia. The FBI wants to send a team to investigate, but with international politics and dumb-ass politicians, well, it looks like the FBIís hands are tied. But one of the people killed in the bombing was one of the FBIís own, and a good friend of Agent Fleury (Jamie Foxx), and so Fleury figures out a back-door way to get his investigative team into Saudi Arabia, the team that includes Chris Cooper as Grant, Jennifer Garner as Janet, and Jason Bateman as Adam. But the swagger of the FBI is met with heavy opposition, as well as heavy restrictions on anything they can do, by the Saudiís, although Colonel Faris with Saudi Arabia (Ashraf Barhom) begins to realize that to really get the job of finding the bad guys, well, the FBI folks might actually be the ones to solve the bombing.

So with lots of posturing and some innovative negotiations by Fleury with the Saudi Prince, now our boys (and girl) are given a little bit more free reign to help the Saudi folks find the bombers, but little do they know that they are also being targeted.

And so, for the first hour and a half we get a lot of "you canít do this," "you canít do that," "you canít go here," "you canít go there," and some covering up of Jennifer Garnerís boobs. We get people making alliances, people realizing they are actually on the same side, and crooked politicians in Washington trying to muck things up. A lot of plot development is done, a lot of people interaction is done, but for the most part none of it is a surprise. Then the bad guys kidnap Adam in the police convoy and the race is on to find him, which actually leads to the headquarters of the bad guys, and a gun battle ensues with some of the worst shooting bad dudes ever.

All in all "The Kingdom" isnít that bad. The acting is pretty solid on all sides, the action scene at the end is great, but I found two things wrong with the film. One was it took way too long to set things up. Yes, we get the point that at first the Saudiís donít want our help, we get the transition to letting us help, and we understand that not all Muslims are bad. Second was way too much use of shaky camera movements to make things, hell I donít know, look shaky. Who has told some of these directors that I want an upset stomach when I watch a movie?

The movie isnít too political, only what you might expect, but there was a scene at the ending seemingly trying to say that the actions of our FBI team wasnít any different from the beliefs of the suicide bombers.

You can probably wait for a rental on "The Kingdom." The action scenes are great at the end, but you might want to have your bathroom nearby in case your tummy gets queezy with the camera movement. Itís 3 stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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