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The Kingdom
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Directed By
Peter Berg

Written By:
Matthew Michael Carnahan

Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Chris Cooper, Jeremy Piven, Brooke Langton, Frances Fisher, Kyle Chandler, Tom Bresnahan, Richard Jenkins, Trevor St. John, Ali Suliman, Christina Leigh, Brian Mahoney, Stephen Bishop, Aaron Michael Lacey, Nito Larioza, Schuster Vance, Kevin Brief, Anthony Burch, Merik Tadros, Minka Kelly, Amy Hunter, Bob Huff, Raad Rawi, Anthony Martins, Brian Mulligan, Kelly AuCoin, Ronald Axell, Louie Palmieri, Yasmine Hanani, Andrew Astor, Hrach Titizian, Anthony Casanova, Marcus Jordan, Ahmed Al-Ibrahim, Tj Burnett, Taylor Hogue, Hope Fogle, Sam Georges Sad, Jimmy Flowers, Elie Khoury, Andrew Hogue, Merek Browne, Lanny Rethaber, Anthony Batarse, Michael Clossin, Jett Alexander, Daniel Barrios, Brody M. Tardy, Molly Gum, Amir Mahmoud, Saleem Hassan Erakat, Damien Weimer, Andrew Stirling, Louie Vergara, Ravi Devineni, Michael LeDesma, Ryan Weaver, Roderick LeDesma, Byron Browne, Donyell Hinton, Stephanie Love, Ashraf Barhom, Kavita Parbhakar, Rami Najjar, Aspen Ott, Ara Boghosian

The Kingdom (2007)
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Movie Review by Chris
January 5th, 2008

Intense and Real

Director Peter Berg already has a history with his film Friday Night Lights, which was excellent. With The Kingdom, Peters directing tells a tale of real world troubles and the war on terrorism. Excellent directing and a good script improve the film on the level of originality. The action scenes, though there are few, are intense and mapped out with excellence.

Jamie Foxx did a great job in Micheal Manns film Miami Vice, which didnt interest me very much, and does a good job in The Kingdom. His character is mean and to the point, the perfect role for Jamie. His humor is also sly and facial expressions show everything on him. Jennifer Gardner didnt do as great as I hoped for in here, as I think she couldve done more to add reality to her character. Instead, her character is one sided. One thing that the film lacks is the character development, mainly because the script worries to much about the basic plot than anything.

The action scenes were the best parts of the movie. In the opening, we get a little introduction to what we will be getting in the last 30 minutes of the movie. Though a little bloody and exaggerated, the action moments got my blood racing and my eyes were glued to the screen. The highway explosion was my favorite part, mainly because I love watching cars flip and roll. The last 30 minutes are indeed adrenaline pumping and heart racing.

There were a few flaws to the film as well. In the middle of the movie, I seriously began to get bored. I think because the film lacked good character development and excitement. You can tell that Peter Berg directed the movie, I mean with all the acoustic string scores and the shaky camera style, its noticeable.

Bottom Line: To Me, It Comes Out Pretty Good

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