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The Kingdom

  R HD Closed Captioning

Peter Berg

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Plot Summary

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

51%
  • Reviews Counted: 182
  • Fresh: 92
  • Rotten: 90
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Everything moves so much and so fast that the movie seems both gutsy and brainy. But the main strategy is to keep viewers' pulses racing so they concentrate on the action, not the message. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The Kingdom works as an exotic action thriller, but its politics are so choked on checks and balances it cancels itself out. – Tom Charity, CNN.com, Jan 4, 2008

Fresh: When it's got the pedal to the metal, which is a substantial fraction of the running time, The Kingdom delivers the goods. – Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Sensationally directed by Peter Berg. – David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, Oct 17, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Stellar

I am not easily impressed, but this was a fabulous movie. The plot is believable, intense, and moreover pertinent to modern issues; also, this movie has one of the most incredible endings I have ever seen. There is an important lesson to be learned here. Perhaps the thing I like most about this movie is its portrayal. The film makes no attempt to glamorize violence or war, but neither does it hide the brutality of modern anti-terror combat. Overall, a spectacular movie.

Real Good

This was a great movie, at first I thought it would be boaring, but then it quickly cought up. The movie overall turned out to be a intence movie.

One of the Best of the Year

It's rare nowadays that a movie actually has you clutching your seat with suspense. A lot of people will say that Saw and Hostel and movies of that nature are "suspensful" but they are misunderstanding the word. It is not suspensful when someone has to cut off their own leg. That's rather gruesome, I think you'd have to look pretty hard to find someone who would say that it isn't gruesome, but that's not suspensful. And don't get me wrong; I LOVE blood and gore and gruesomeness, I'm merely saying it isn't suspensful. It's also not suspensful when things jump out at you. Any average Joe can write a script and have things pop out at you, it takes no skill. Truely crafting a suspensful movie is as much as an art form as a delicate painting. The Kingdom is one of those movies. The scene on the highway when the car explodes and Jason Bateman is captured, I was actually gripping my arm rests, the first time that has ever happened to me. After that happened I was literally left breathless, and just rewatched that scene a dozen times or so, it just left such an impression on me. Another aspect of the movie that made it so great was that Peter Berg did a fenominal job of directing the movie. He knew exactly what shots were needed and truly made what would have been merely another war movie in the hands of a lesser director into a fantastic movie that I think has to be on my Top-10 List of Most Exciting Movies. Not only that, but each of the actors truly found their roles and were able to realistically portray them. It is so sad when a great actor is paired up with a great role but the actor's personality just does not gel with the role and the acting really looks like what it is, acting. That is not the case in this movie. Every single actor really brought something unique to their character and it made it their own. I was definately the most impressed by Jennifer Garner, but she had a lot of training through Alias. Final Wrap-Up 1. Great directing, truly made the movie an experience. 2. Fantastic acting by the entire cast, specifically Jennifer Garner and Ashraf Barhom (who played Colonel Faris). 3. War graphics and special effects made the movie terrifyingly realistic. 4. This is a movie that should be on a Top-10 List of pulse-pounding movies for everyone.