The Blonde and The Maven Review “The
Ashraf Barhoum, Chris Cooper and Jamie Foxx
in Universal Pictures' The Kingdom -
Starring Jamie Foxx and
Jennifer Garner, “The Kingdom” details a horrific attack on an
American compound in Saudi Arabia that leaves 100 people dead and
200 injured. The Saudis consider this a local affair and will
investigate the crime themselves. FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury
doesn't like that idea. He is portrayed by Jamie Foxx (“Ray” and
“Collateral”). Fleury assembles a team to investigate the attack and
goes behind the State Department’s back to get his team over there.
Explosives expert, Grant Sykes is played by Chris Cooper
(“Adaptation” and “Breach”) and forensics investigator, Janet Myers
is portrayed by Jennifer Garner (“13 Going On 30” and “Elektra,” as
well as Ben Affleck’s wife). Once in Saudi Arabia, the team finds
their job difficult to accomplish until the man in charge of their
security helps them. He is Colonel Al Ghazi, played by Israeli
actor, Ashraf Barhom, (“Paradise Now,” 2003 Best Foreign Film).
Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights” and “The Rundown”) directed this
film, and he has a small cameo in the beginning. See if you can spot
The Blonde: This was an important film. The acting was
terrific, the casting was dead on, and the directing was brilliant.
This was not an easy film to put together. The camera style made the
visual affects incredibly real. They accomplished something very
rare here. However, the movie was hard for me to watch. It just
proves the old adage, when will we ever learn? Why is killing a must
after all these years?
The Maven: I liked the
documentary-style camera work Peter Berg used in most of the film.
There was more realism to the shots. It felt like it took place on
the streets of Riyadh, but I read that it was shot entirely here in
the USA, mostly in Arizona. The buildings looked identical to the
real apartment buildings that were blown up. I thought Jamie’s
character was a little over the top, kind of like Chuck Norris. I
was especially impressed with Ashraf Barhom. The storyline dealing
with the culture clash was enlightening.
Speaking of culture crash, when will we ever be rid of the trials
(literally) and tribulations of OJ and all the rest. Kudos, however,
to Gore for winning the Nobel Peace Prize! YEAH!
Al’s Nobel Peace Prize is well-deserved. On the whole, I think Al
has been more effective outside the Oval office. He has shined a
light on a subject which has been ignored for too long.
Blonde: You put it succinctly! Going with my culture crash feelings,
What about Ann Coulter and her comment that “Jews need to be
The Maven: For those of you who don’t watch
cable news, The Blonde is referring to an interview on CNBC, “The
Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch.” Ann Coulter blurted out that Jews
“need to be perfected.” She believes that if Jews took the New
Testament to heart, they would become Christians. Perfect. Just
Google “Ann Coulter Jews” and you will find a site which will quote
the whole interview. It will be quite illuminating!
Blonde: She makes me sick! Not only that, but she gives all of us
intelligent, decent, hardworking blondes a bad name!
Maven: Back to reality, although “The Kingdom” isn't a film that
would win any awards, I will still recommend seeing it. It was nice
to see us (Americans) working with a Middle Eastern country and
accomplishing something. Revenge or justice feels good sometimes.
The action was played out well, the actors played their parts well
and the story was interesting. I rate this film a C+; the C for its
coming at a time when we could use it, and a plus for the great
direction. By the way, Blonde, I said culture clash, not culture
The Blonde: Oh, never mind! I agree with you about
your working well with others comment. Too bad it was just a movie!
I too rate this film a C+. Lots of snacks are needed to get you
through this film, so don’t forget a big bucket of popcorn. By the
way, Ann Coulter still makes me sick!
Speaking of sick, let us take a moment to bow our heads for Britney.
She is really messing up royally and, let's face it… in a world
where Kevin Federline looks to be a better parental figure than his
former wife, we are really in trouble. What will we do for headlines
when Brit gets her life together? Do you think the Blackwater
debacle will get the attention it deserves? I mean,†$700 million
spent on security guards (and I mean that loosely, as they are
mostly mercenaries)†that shoot the people they are training as well
as civilians, well, that should be a leading news story! But no…we
have to hear every detail about Britney's mess. Sorry, Blonde, I am
just a little frustrated.
The Blonde: Well, thank you
for clearing that up for me! I wasn’t drinking water for weeks. I
thought they were telling us the water was black so I stopped
drinking tap and switched to bottled. Okay, what now about the