Foxx, Jamie

SKU: 025195053945

UPC 025195053945
Release Date 2008-11-25
Studio Universal Studios Home Video
Discs 1
Length 111
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Mr. Berg, an actor whose directing skills improve with each project, shows himself adept at the rapid cutting and hectic camerawork that are fast becoming the lingua franca of action filmmaking.Actor, writer, and director Peter Berg (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) delivers a fearless, action-packed political thriller with THE KINGDOM. Shot in the Middle East with unsettling immediacy, the hand-held cameras put viewers right inside the action, while the tension between American FBI agents and their Saudi counterparts maintains an interesting uncertainty about who's right and who's wrong. The bad guys, however, are unmistakable: the film opens with a brutal terrorist attack on an oil company compound in Saudi Arabia, where a visiting FBI agent is killed. Back home in Washington, fellow agents Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx, RAY) and Janet Mayes (Jennifer Garner, ALIAS), want revenge, and will do whatever it takes to gain access to the investigation. Fleury all but blackmails a Saudi prince to get clearance against the wishes of a timorous attorney general, and flies overnight to the scene of the crime. Accompanying him are the no-nonsense forensics expert Mayes, Southern-fried bomb authority Grant Sykes (Chris Cooper, ADAPTATION), and Jewish smart aleck Adam Leavitt (Jason Bateman, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT). Once there, they encounter the resistance of a Saudi government more interested in getting the Americans safely out of the country and avoiding conflict, rather than in solving the crime. They are assigned a smarmy handler with a weak stomach (Jeremy Piven, ENTOURAGE) to make sure they stay out of trouble. The team must navigate a maze of bureaucracy to begin collecting evidence, but they have an unlikely ally in their Saudi escort, Colonel Faris Al Ghazi (Ashraf Barhom, PARADISE NOW), a scrupulous and intelligent officer whom Fleury befriends. Soon enough, procedure and protocol give way to car chases and explosive fire fights, and the current bleak political climate of extremism and violence is portrayed in a stark light with no easy answers.3 stars out of 4 -- [A] geopolitical thriller, with an emphasis on the thrills...The film opens powerfully....Director Peter Berg's frenetic style heightens tension and a sense of disorientation....3 stars out of 5 -- THE KINGDOM offers an involving portrait of unlikely allies pooling their resources against a common enemy.4 stars out of 5 -- It's the set-pieces that confirm that Berg is a director to be reckoned with...Theatrical Release: September 28, 2007
Cast Peter Berg (Director)
Chris Cooper (Star)
Jason Bateman (Star)
Matthew Michael Carnahan (Screenwriter)
Michael Mann (Producer)
Mauro Fiore (Director of Photography)
Jeremy Piven (Star)
Danny Huston (Star)
Scott Stuber (Producer)
Jennifer Garner (Star)
Danny Elfman (Composer)
Jamie Foxx (Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Full Frame - 1.33 Widescreen - 1.85 Audio: DTS 5.1 Surround French, Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English Additional Release Material: Deleted Scenes Audio Commentary: Director Peter Berg Featurette: 1. Character By Character: The Apartment Shootout 2. Constructing The Freeway Sequence 3. Creating The Kingdom 4. History of The Kingdom: An Interactive Timeline
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.25000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Action Adventure,Feature Film Drama
Attribute Additional Footage,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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