Explosive `Kingdom'

Taut and tense, Peter Berg's intelligent, finely acted thriller keeps the action coming

Review B+

September 28, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

If the anti-terrorist thriller The Kingdom had been released in 2004, it might have helped John Kerry win the presidential election.

With eye-opening audacity, it adopts the same message that brought ridicule on Kerry: The fight against terrorism should be a massive police action, not a war. And director Peter Berg, who directed the movie Friday Night Lights and is the creative force behind the TV show of the same name (one of the best network episodic dramas ever), fills out the theme with potency and thrust.

The Kingdom (Universal) Starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Ashraf Barhom, Ali Suliman. Directed by Peter Berg. Rated R. Time 111 minutes.

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