This is likely the closest to the mainstream Peter Berg will ever get, working with producer Michael Mann and an A-List cast, but "The Kingdom" doesn't really come alive until its final thirty minutes, when the film becomes exclusively about SUVs playing bumper cars, near-misses with RPGs, and Jennifer Garner stabbing terrorists in the crotch. It makes sense Berg would come into his own with 2013's "Lone Survivor."
Very well-made action-drama. The shootout and action sequences are impressive, but what stood out more to me was that the story was very nicely scripted, with developed characters. The climax felt very-well done and earned. One of the more overlooked of recent years.
This is a severely underrated action film. Excellent, likeable characters with balanced development, technically well made with solid plot. A very insightful and well-constructed title sequence. No wonder that Michael Mann produced: The ending shootout is one of the best I've seen in American cinema since Heat.
Attacked for jingonism, yet using modern fears of terrorism as a faceless enemy is no different than the older films using Nazism. Typecasting yes, but simplified since an action picture needs villains. Mostly dull until the last 1/2 hour that shows Berg a protege of auteur Michael Mann and why he would later stealthily become one of the best orchestrators of action sequences in the American mainstream for decades.
One thing is for sure: action! A lot of it. And very well made. On the other side this movie struggles in which direction to go. CSI? Political thriller? Kidnapping? Bottom line very solid entertainment. 3,5 stars.
Can´t stand that movie!
In my eyes its impossible to press more ProAmerican Propaganda in 1 Movie.
I hate the attidute of the Movie that all other countrys goverments agency are stupid, expect the us one.