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The Kingdom
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Directed By
Peter Berg

Written By:
Matthew Michael Carnahan

Cast:
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 Tim
June 26th, 2008

Favorite Movie Quote: "Can we dial down the boobies?"

The Kingdom was one of those films that came out and sat under the radar for a while. I heard of the movie and remember it being in the theatres but until I actually sat down and watched it I had no idea what the plot focused around. I like going into movies like this because it adds an extra element of surprise when you really don't know where the film is going at first.

I want to start with what I didn't like first. The characters of Colonel Faris Al Ghazi and Ronald Fleury is the backbone of the film. Its written for the two characters to not get along when they first meet being that they are from different parts of the world and constantly want to test each other. Almost like Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr from Men Of Honor. Of course towards the end the characters are suppose to be best friends who would die for each other out of respect. The problem was that the transformation from not getting along with each other to best friends was written very poorly and was way too brief. This made the audience not be able to feel the emotional bond between the two and at the end when one dies it just doesn't impact you the way it should.

Other then that the film overall is great. The cast including Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner and Ashraf Barhom (who reminds me of an Israel version of Jean Reno) really brought their characters to life. Barhom is someone to look out for as he has that depth that many actors cant reach.

The action scenes were intense in fact during one towards the end I kept feeling like I was watching Clear and Present Danger which had one of the greatest shootout sequence ever. Films about terrorism really hit nerves with people after 9/11 and its good to finally see some revenge get taken on the bastards that cause it.

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Chris
Jun 26, 2008 9:07 PM
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I never really thought about the relationship between them but now I see that you are right. Its interesting to think about that now.
Tim
Jun 26, 2008 9:21 PM
 
well that was my take on the film anyways..... I mean a bond between soldiers or police officers or whatever is the backbone of many plots in tons of films...... I just felt this one was rushed...
Chris
Jun 26, 2008 9:25 PM
 
Yeah well your right. Great review though.



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