Thursday, September 13, 2007

Universal's Kingdom


By now you've probably seen one of The Kingdom's action packed movie trailers ripe with explosions, Saudi Arabian gun men, and American federal agents ready to take action. Or maybe you've noticed gun wielding Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner pictured in an intense battle scene on a billboard to promote this new film. If so, then you may be thinking director Peter Berg and producer Michael Mann snatched news from American headlines to make a political statement in their timely movie. Think again says Berg. The Kingdom was primarily created to entertain.



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Led by F.B.I. Special Agent, Ronald Fluery (Jamie Foxx) an elite team of
investigators (Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman) travel to Saudi Arabia to find the culprit behind a terrorist bombing of an American housing compound in Riyadh. Treated like uninvited guests, the team faces unwelcoming Saudi authorities and residents as they attempt to do the job they've been sent to do. They need an ali, someone that can help them move beyond royal politics and through unfamiliar territory. Saudi Colonel, Al-Ghazi (Ashraf Barhoum) steps into the position. But even with his help, the team must still constantly watch their backs as they go toe to toe with a group of faceless killers willing to sacrifice anything for their beliefs.

To add to the intensity of this political thriller, Berg challenged the cast to really get into scenes and not worry about sticking soley to the script. For cast members Barhoum, Garner, Foxx his improvisational style really pushed them to turn up the heat in their performances. Listen as they talk about working with Berg, how they prepared for their roles, and what they hope audiences will get out of the film.




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And if by some chance you haven't seen a trailer for this great movie, here ya go:



Undoubtedly The Kingdom has what it takes to be crowned king at the box office opening weekend (September 28th). Great cast, great story, drama, lots of action, and suspense...it's definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Berg even directed the actors to improvise to further turn up the heat in their performances. But remember, this is art imitating life, not a war time Hollywood polemic. Enter theaters with open minds and enjoy the show.

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