The Kingdom: Movie Review

Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper and Jason Bateman star in this well produced action movie about terrorism in the Middle East. After a bomb kills dozens in a Western housing compound in Saudi Arabia, FBI Special Agent Jamie Foxx puts together his own team of FBI agents (consisting of Garner, Cooper and Bateman) and negotiates a five-day trip to Saudia Arabia without the governments knowledge. Upon arriving in Saudi Arabia they find it difficult to put the pieces of the puzzle together due to the lack of control given to them by the Saudi’s. After convincing Saudi royalty of their strategy and making friends along the way, they are given necessary accss to the people and places most important to the crime. With Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi by their side and their dedication to solving the case, their investigation leads them to the killer’s front doorstep. With their lives on the line, they fight for justice to be served.

Personal Insight: I thought this was a very good movie overall. It gave a nice insight to what is going on in the Middle East and it sort of help put things into perspective, such as the war on terrorism. This movie is also interesting because it doesn’t just show you the combat scenes like a typical war movie might. It also shows you different points of view and allows you to see how things work from the governments standpoint. It shows various laws and regulations that are taken into consideration before sending U.S. personnel to a foreign country. All of this was very interesting and added to the value of the film. Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper and Jason Bateman all played their roles very well and seemed very engaged their parts. I also must give applause to director Peter Berg for directing a great film. This film was not based on a true story yet it seemed very real and, as I can only imagine, probably depicts very well a lot of what really is happening. This film is a must see, not just for those who enjoy action movies but for everyone for its cultural and real world value.

 Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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