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.

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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
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R (for intense sequences of brutal violence, and for language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Hope Fogle
as Mick
Noah Pittenger
as Classmate
Damian Foster
as Haytham Driver
Kevin Brief
as Range Rover Driver
Brian Mahoney
as Pitcher
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
Sean Donnellan
as Reporter
Richard Klein
as FBI Agent
Antonio Evans
as FBI Agent
Maryellen Aviano
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
Sean Donnellan
as Reporter
Marc Flanagan
as FBI Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Kingdom

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (47)

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January 17, 2008
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 6, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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 29, 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

Sensationally directed by Peter Berg.

October 5, 2007
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A terrifically stupid film. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Full Review… | October 4, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Kingdom

½

One of my favourite movies. Maybe not a favourite of critics from the first time of seeing this movie and now to the 100th time I still enjoy and engage with this high octane movie that is action packed from start to finish!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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.

Chris Weber
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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