DVD Review: The Kingdom

Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (Collateral) and Chris Cooper (Breach) and Golden Globe winners Jennifer Garner (Daredevil) and Jason Bateman (Smokin’ Aces) ignite the screen in this high-intensity thriller about a team of elite FBI agents sent to Saudi Arabia to solve a brutal mass murder and find a killer before he strikes again. Out of their element and under heavy fire, the team must join forces with their Saudi counterparts. As these unlikely allies begin to unlock the secrets of the crime scene, the team is led into a heart-stopping, do-or-die confrontation.

The Kingdom is probably exactly what you would expect it to be. A pure action film. While there are drops of emotional overtones in various places throughout the film, overall it is simply about the action.

The film started out strong and finished with a bang, however everything in between seemed generic and a bit slow. While the film is political, it isn’t to a degree that would turn anyone off.

I should also note that I felt that the plot was a little shallow considering the event that the movie surrounds which is the terrorist attack on a residential compound of an American oil company which killed quite a large number of innocent people.

While there is nothing about this film that is overly original or stands out as truly great film making, it is entertaining none-the-less. The last 15 minutes are actually mind-blowingly awesome due to the action sequence. I’ve never seen a film that has put me on the edge of my seat the way this one did. I actually saw a screening of this in theaters earlier this fall, and I was surprised by how into it the crowd got. They were very vocal, especially during the sequence that I mentioned.

Summed up, if you like action movies with a political overtone, then you’ll definitely enjoy this title. While it’s not one of 2007’s best, it definitely earns its keep in the action genre.

Review by Emma Loggins

Grade: B+
Official site: http://www.thekingdommovie.com/
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