The Kingdom

2007

The Kingdom

Critics Consensus

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

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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 their mission in just five days, the team enlists the aid of a Saudi Arabian police officer (Ashraf Barhoum), but as the agents infiltrate the dark and complex world of the Saudi crime scene, they find that the perpetrator's next target may be them. Directed by Peter Berg, The Kingdom also stars Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, and Jason Bateman. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Cast

Jamie Foxx
as Ronald Fleury
Chris Cooper
as Grant Sykes
Jennifer Garner
as Janet Mayes
Jason Bateman
as Adam Leavitt
Ashraf Barhom
as Colonel Faris Al Ghazi
Ali Suliman
as Sergeant Haytham
Jeremy Piven
as Damon Schmidt
Tim McGraw
as Aaron Jackson
Kyle Chandler
as Francis Manner
Frances Fisher
as Elaine Flowers
Danny Huston
as Gideon Young
Kelly Aucoin
as Ellis Leach
Anna Deavere Smith
as Maricella Canavesio
Minka Kelly
as Miss Ross
Amy Hunter
as Lyla Fleury
Uri Gavriel
as Izz Al Din
Hezi Saddik
as Abu Hamza
Mahmoud Said
as General Al Abdulmalik
Raad Rawi
as Prince Thamer
Omar Berdouni
as Prince Ahmed Bin Khaled
T.J. Burnett
as Kevin Fleury
Richard Jenkins
as FBI Director James Grace
Nick Faltas
as Haytham's Father
Ahmed B. Badran
as 35-Year-Old Son
Eli Georges El-Khoury
as 15-Year-Old Grandson
Tom Bresnahan
as Rex Burr
Trevor St. John
as Earl Ripon
Ashley Scott
as Janine Ripon
Sarah Hunley
as Maddy Ripon
Bordy Tardy
as Teddy Manner
Noah Pittenger
as Classmate
Damian Foster
as Haytham Driver
Kevin Brief
as Range Rover Driver
Martin Foxwell
as Mom at Game
Kavita Parbhakar
as Mom at Game
Hrach Titizian
as Suicide Bomber
Munthir Salih
as Suicide Bomber
Merik Tadros
as Reporter
Richard Klein
as FBI Agent
Antonio Evans
as FBI Agent
Marc Flanagan
as FBI Agent
Brian Gehl
as Stud in Bar
Ali Abboud
as Irate Guard
David Brown
as Man at Hotel
Firas Salloum
as Airport SANG Officer
Anthony Batarse
as Inner-Circle
Nabeel Kort
as Police Officer
Shant Demirjian
as Police Officer
Assad Mohamed
as Bomb Site Investigator
Yaser Alamoodi
as Bomb Site Worker
Haider Almosawi
as Bomb Site Worker
Saleem Hassan Erekat
as Bomb Site Worker
Jasim Tahir
as Tank Gunner
Maitham Al-Zubfidy
as Main Gate Guard
Alawi Al-Bidery
as Machine Gunner
Gino Salvano
as Special Forces Officer
Waleed Alsadi
as Guard at Café
Mohammed Mohammed
as Internet Teenager
Fouad Al-Hamedany
as Internet Teenager
Ahmed Al-Ibrahim
as Game Player
Yunus Hassan
as Game Player
Charbel Tourna
as Game Player
Anthony Salibi
as Game Player
Bassam O. Saeed
as Al Ghazi Aid
Hasan Chaudhry
as Al Ghazi Runner
Nick Hermz
as Passport Officer
Eyad Elbitar
as Kidnapper
Sala Baker
as Kidnapper
Kasem Al-Tamimi
as Elderly Man
Damian Hajjar
as Suweidi Resident
Mario Mercado II
as Suweidi Resident
Gaith Al-Jaberi
as Al Ghazi's Son
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Critic Reviews for The Kingdom

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (54) | Fresh (95) | Rotten (91)

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

    Nov 30, 2007 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    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.

    Oct 7, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Sensationally directed by Peter Berg.

    Oct 6, 2007
  • http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/film/film-23339226-details/The+Kingdom/filmReview.do?reviewId=23414945

    Oct 5, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • If this mix doesn't entirely work, it's perhaps because there are so few surprises - the forensic elements of the investigation would be wrapped up in minutes by CSI's boffins. Still, it's possible to respect the effort while doubting the achievement.

    Oct 5, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Intelligent films about US involvement in the Middle East can be counted on the broken fingers of one hand, and this one makes Syriana look like Citizen Kane.

    Oct 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Kingdom

  • Apr 28, 2016
    I went into this movie not knowing what it was about or reading much on it and I found myself getting really sucked into the whole story, Many thanks to a strong cast all who were at their best, Even though it is a pretty slow film it was never boring and the last 20 minutes even though were great and fast paced it didn't fit the whole mood of the movie, Way better than I expected and if you're into modern day war action/drama this should be near the top of your list on movies to watch.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2014
    From writer/director Peter Berg comes the political thriller The Kingdom. When there's a major terrorist bombing at an American base in Saudi Arabia the FBI sends in a team to investigate, but the politics of the situation threatens to erupt in more violence. Starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman, the film has a strong cast that delivers some good performances. And, Berg's directing does an extraordinary job at bringing tension and excitement to the scenes. The script is also well-crafted; presenting some provocative questions about terrorism, the cycle of violence, and cultural relativism. Though the politics may get a little heavy at times, The Kingdom is smart and action packed.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    The Kingdom was an exciting thrill ride, with great a great performance from Jamie Foxx.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2011
    This movie was just average up until the last ten seconds when they played the "we're terrorists to them so they're terrorists to us" card.
    Joe M Super Reviewer

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