HD Review: The Kingdom

KingdomFormat: HD-DVD
PQ: 4
AQ: 4.5
Rating: 4

When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury quickly assembles an elite team and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing. Upon landing in the desert kingdom, however, Fleury and his team discover Saudi authorities suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol-and with the clock ticking on their five days-the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts, who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms. Fleury’s crew finds a like-minded partner in Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi, who helps them navigate royal politics and unlock the secrets of the crime scene and the workings of an extremist cell bent on further destruction. With these unlikely allies sharing a propulsive commitment to crack the case, the team is led to the killer’s front door in a blistering do-or-die confrontation. Now in a fight for their own lives, strangers united by one mission won’t stop until justice is found in The Kingdom.

The Kingdom was a great movie to watch in HD, not too long and not short of a movie. Though the film wasn’t as impressive as other HD movies, certain moments in the movie like the beads of sweat on Jamie Foxx’s character displayed the power of HD. The film was slow to get to the real action, starting off with a bang and then mellowing out until towards the end of the movie. There were good amounts of comedy throughout from Jason Bateman’s character and other cast members. Overall I would give this film a 4 out of 5 and think it would make a good addition to your HD movie collection.

Directed by Peter Berg. With Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman.