This is what must have happened in order to bring this fine movie to the big screen:
* Several very intelligent and creative writers, got together and worked on a realistic plot with a terrorist theme.
* The producers spared no expense in shooting on location.
* The cast seemed mismatched at first, but they blended well and carried each scene to a slam -bang conclusion.
* The director, editor and cinematographer put the pieces together in a logical manner and yet, did not sacrifice the emotional turmoil that each character was enduring.
"The Kingdom" is a brilliantly executed production. You will regret not seeing it sooner, when you do view it. This film can stand with any movie ever made, it has that "something" that can't be defined, but you know it when you see it.
A clue - the audience applauded a scene -the audience was insightful, the last time I heard applause in a movie, was during "Dreamgirls."
THREE RECENT MOVIES TRIED TO DEAL WITH THE MIDDLE EAST AND BASICALLY FAILED, SYRIANA, MUNICH AND A MIGHTY HEART.
ALL THREE DROPPED THE BALL IN THEIR OWN WAY AND WERE NOT ABLE TO TELL THEIR STORY AND MAKE YOU CARE - THE KINGDOM ACHIEVES BOTH GOALS.
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R.K. in BROOKLYN: Great on the money commentary! My observation is that, NYC Film Critics almost NEVER agree with rave reviews submitted by reviewers from other cities. NY Critics are panning The Kingdom or grudgingly giving it 2.5 Stars. What a joke- they are so transparent. You are 10x more accurate then these elitist. Way to go Gaff!