The Kingdom starts with an awesome title sequence, detailing Saudi contemporary history, and then transitioning to the geopolitical tensions caused by its relationship with America. It features perhaps the most subtle 9/11 lead-in in a movie that I’ve seen, which doesn’t make it subtle by any sense of the imagination, but I still admired it. This movie is worth watching for the title sequence, but return it without continuing.
After that comes an incoherent, predictable, improbable, impractical and overly tidy action film staffed by four supporting actors, one supporting actress, and no lead roles. It’s full of clumsy repetitive foreshadowing that beats you in your skull juice; you would need to be blind and deaf to not know how things are going to play out with painful accuracy.
In a hail-Mary ending, the director tries to suggest some sort of parallel between the extremism in the middle east and the vengeance desired by the west. It feels artificial and falls over as a last-ditch tactic to ascribe meaning to a meaningless film. This is as bad as action films get. 3/10.