13 February 2008

Review: The Kingdom

The Kingdom

Whenever Hollywood makes a movie that involves America and war (Think Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour), rarely has it been devoid of the usual jingoism and rhetoric about Americans saving the day, and in essence, the world. The culprit, more often than not, has been that idiot-called-director Michael Bay. However, once in a while, exceptions do occur. One such exception is the movie "The Kingdom".

The movie is about the bombing of an American compound in Saudi Arabia and how a FBI team is sent to investigate and find out those responsible for it. The Saudi government does not want the lives of the investigative team to be endangered and assigns a Colonel to protect the team. How the Colonel and the head of the FBI investigative team develop a mutual respect and friendship for each other is told in a simple and effective manner without causing any dents to the main storyline. The climax is quite nicely done with a stunning finish, which some viewers in the audience will not have a liking for.

Jamie Foxx as the head of the FBI investigative team, has put in a very sincere performance. The screenplay is quite tight without any major loopholes or boring moments. The movie also has quite a few steadycam shots, because of which you get a swooshing effect in your head. Director Peter Berg sticks to simple story telling technique and does not resort to any kind of flashiness. The standout performance in the movie, is of Ashraf Barhom as the Saudi Colonel who guards the investigators.

Overall, an eminently watchable movie, for the simple fact that there is no jingoism or crap involved in it.

K.Shyam

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Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 12:05 PM

2 Comments

  1. Blogger Ravi posted at Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 7:24:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Good Review !! Makes me want to see the movie.
  2. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 4:15:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Ravi: Watchable once ! I am quite sure you would not be disappointed.
    K.Shyam

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