The Kingdom (2007)

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Critic Consensus: While providing several top-notch action scenes, The Kingdom ultimately collapses under the weight of formula and muddled politics.


Movie Info

In the aftermath of a deadly attack on American forces in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, diplomats are slow to act, but meanwhile, FBI special agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) assembles a secret team of U.S. counter-terrorism investigators to enter the city and find the criminal behind what has quickly become an international incident. The crew, however, finds their attempt to capture the perpetrators stalled by bureaucracy and their presence unwelcome. Desperate to gain the trust they need to accomplish … More

Rating: R (for intense sequences of brutal violence, and for language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Michael Carnahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 23, 2007
Box Office: $47.5M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Ronald Fleury

as Grant Sykes

as Janet Mayes

as Adam Leavitt

as Colonel Faris Al Gha...

as Sergeant Haytham

as Damon Schmidt

as Aaron Jackson

as Francis Manner

as Elaine Flowers

as Gideon Young

as Ellis Leach

as Ellis Leach

as Maricella Canavesio

as Miss Ross

as Lyla Fleury

as Haytham's Father

as 35-Year-Old Son

as 15-Year-Old Grandson

as Rex Burr

as Earl Ripon

as Janine Ripon

as Maddy Ripon

as Teddy Manner

as Classmate

as FBI Director James G...

as Haytham Driver

as Kevin Fleury

as Range Rover Driver

as Prince Ahmed Bin Kha...

as Prince Thamer

as Mom at Game

as General Al Abdulmali...

as Mom at Game

as Abu Hamza

as Suicide Bomber

as Izz Al Din

as Suicide Bomber

as Reporter

as FBI Agent

as FBI Agent

as FBI Agent

as Stud in Bar

as Irate Guard

as Man at Hotel

as Airport SANG Officer

as Inner-Circle

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Bomb Site Investigat...

as Bomb Site Worker

as Bomb Site Worker

as Bomb Site Worker

as Tank Gunner

as Main Gate Guard

as Machine Gunner

as Special Forces Offic...

as Guard at Café

as Internet Teenager

as Internet Teenager

as Game Player

as Game Player

as Game Player

as Game Player

as Al Ghazi Aid

as Al Ghazi Runner

as Passport Officer

as Kidnapper

as Kidnapper

as Elderly Man

as Suweidi Resident

as Suweidi Resident

as Al Ghazi's Son
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Critic Reviews for The Kingdom

All Critics (187) | Top Critics (48)

The Kingdom works as an exotic action thriller, but its politics are so choked on checks and balances it cancels itself out.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
CNN.com
Top Critic

When it's got the pedal to the metal, which is a substantial fraction of the running time, The Kingdom delivers the goods.

Full Review… | October 7, 2007
Film.com
Top Critic

There's no real difference between choreographing a bloody jihadist skirmish and a gridiron match

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
CinePassion

A good deal more Transformers than Syriana, a movie that drapes a crisp, lightly browsed copy of The Economist over an enormous pubescent boner for grinding metal, busted glass, and crackling gunfire.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
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Full Review… | July 15, 2009

[I]t fails in its attempt to be a serious drama with important things to say about the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

Full Review… | May 1, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Kingdom

½

A Great action movie thriller. The ending is so true . . if you dont get it than maybe you missed the point of the movie.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

Following a deadly attack on American forces in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, a group of elite FBI forces are dispatched to investigate the case, and take care of the perpetrators along with help from their Saudi counterparts.

Due to bureaucratic red tape and a delicate political situation, the team have only a few days to accomplish their mission. To add to the tension, the Americans aren't exactly welcome, they had to manipulate their way into the case, and they have to operate in a strange environment with customs and a culture pretty different from their own.

This is a pretty ambitious film. It tries to be a heavy political drama, investigative/procedural thriller, and a slam bang action film all in one. Somehow it manages to be all of these. It starts out as trying to be like Syriana then turns into a thrilling actioner, but I was okay with this.

The film is decently paced, adds a bit of depth and proves to be quite suspenseful, thrilling, and entertaining. I think what also helps is that the film isn't overtly one sided in its politics, and avoids being a propaganda piece. And, while Al-Qaeda are the villains, the film manages to be fairly sensible in its portrayal of Arabs, featuring some sensible and fairly realistic characters.

We get an all star cast here, with the main team being played by Jaime Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman. They all seem to have decent chemistry with one another, and pull off some fine performances. Filling out supporting roles we get the likes of Jeremy Piven, Kyle Chandler, Danny Huston, and Richard Jenkins. These people likewise do a decent job, though the main focus is on the main FBI team as well as their Arab counterparts. I'm not familiar with any of the Arab performers, but they're also pretty good.

The film really changes pace when it turns into a series of spectacle driven action set pieces, but I thought it was cool. The freeway scene is well done, quite suspenseful, and pretty neat since it's a rare chance to see a Hollywood style car chase/crash through Riyadh. The apartment shootout is also pretty gripping.

All in all, this is an interesting, fun, and mildly brainy action movie that I think is definitely worth your time.

cosmo313
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

An empty movie with a message that delivers with nothing backing it up except for one shocking scene. However, the action scenes in this movie are top-notch.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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