|Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller and Politics/Religion |
|Running Time: 110 min. |
|Release Date: 09/28/2007 (Wide) |
MPAA Rating: R for Intense sequences of graphic brutal violence, and for language.
Distributor: Universal Pictures Distribution
When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury quickly assembles an elite team and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing. Upon landing in the desert kingdom, however, Fleury and his team discover Saudi authorities suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers, into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol--and with the clock ticking on their five days--the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts, who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms. Fleury's crew finds a like-minded partner in Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi, who helps them navigate royal politics and unlock the secrets of the crime scene. With these unlikely allies sharing a propulsive commitment to crack the case, the team is led to the killer's front door. Now in a fight for their own lives, strangers united by one mission won't stop until justice is found.
The Kingdom certainly is poignant and action packed but seems a little too propaganda like for my taste. I can completely understand the desire of an FBI investigative team to go into Saudi Arabia to find the people responsible for killing some of their own but I think that sort of behavior is discouraged by almost all law enforcement organizations. That said, I can only assume their primary reason for wanting to go was because they thought the Saudiís either incompetent to perform such an investigation or unwilling to report actual results for political reasons. Since I havenít spent time there myself I canít say for sure but I have a hard time believing that.
In short, I enjoyed the film but it seemed a little too much like some movies Iíve seen where some sort of backwards group of people is rescued from their ineptitude by the mighty Americans. And while that might make us feel good, Iím not sure thatís what we need to be projecting to the rest of the world right now. Grade: C+
12/29/2007 - Bob Stanza