Tuesday, 9 October 2007

The Kingdom

Within five minute this film has you on the edge of your seat.

The opening sequence is excellent, for some reason it just grabs you. There has been know character development, no time spent creating a connection with a particular person, but the attack on a crowd of innocent people captures you completely.

I suppose it has a lot to do with the times that we live in, where a group of terrorist attack people from the western world and all of a sudden you can’t help to have some pre-conceived emotional attachment. The mass killing of these people, which then concludes with a suicide bomber is purely brutal.

Thus the film begins proper, and four FBI agents (including Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Gardner) are sent to solve this crime and bring the people who did it to justice. Although for the next hour, there are no huge action set pieces, due to the circumstance and location there is a very uneasy tension building throughout the film (Where anything could happen at anytime, to any person). This works to the films advantage as the viewer constantly can’t rest or relax or sit easy.

This time is spent looking for clues, establishing characters motivations and showing the political under certainties that surround the whole situation.

Then the last half hour all hell breaks loose, starting with an explosive sequence on a motorway, to rocket launcher fights in the streets and then a shoot-out in a block of flats, all whilst trying to save one FBI agents before he’s executed. Top of the range, heart-pounding stuff!

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, part thriller/part action and succeeding at both it was well worth the price of admission.


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