color: SOME SOLDIER'S MOM: The Kingdom (the movie)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

The Kingdom (the movie)

Now, as for "The Kingdom" -- not anti-American particularly... action sequences pretty good... graphic... if you suffer from combat-related PTSD, the bombing and firefights may be a bit too intense... while I thought the scenes graphic, I also thought it necessary if it convinces just one person of the nature of the beasts we fight... the movie's a little fuzzy on the politics... the only real message is "It's going to be a Long War." Finally, most of the film is shot in close up and shaky in many scenes -- jumping quickly from scene to scene and back... if you get motion sick easily do not sit too close and a scopolamine patch might not be out of order. Worth the money? Yea.


At 9/29/2007 8:20 PM , Blogger Miss Ladybug said...

Thanks for the quick rundown on this movie, SSM! I was leary about it when I first started seeing trailers for it... I'll keep it on the "might see if I get a chance" list.

At 9/30/2007 1:49 PM , Blogger NahnCee said...

I liked it. The camera work was too jittery - one of the reviews said that was to cover up clunky dialogue, but I didn't notice clunky dialogue so I guess it worked.

I didn't spot anything obvious that I know is untrue or false. It appears to me that most of it was actually filmed in Saudi Arabia - the
freeways, the palaces, the air views of the city -- so that I have to believe the film-makers had the approval and cooperation of the highest
levels of Saud government. I predict we will hear some major league whining and seething because it *does* portray the Sandbox in an
unflattering light, although it also emphasizes mutual humanity, respect, cooperation and family values -- all that good stuff that they're forever yammering on about building "bridges" to the West about. I heard one woman saying as we were walking out that "it tries to present
both sides" and while I don't think there *is* any "side" to blowing people up, I know what she meant.

Saud simply isn't used to even the vaguest of criticism which is why I think there will be a bad reaction back home and we'll hear the words "racism" and "Islamophobia" being
hurled around again.

THe ending is particularly eyebrow-raising and thoughtful-making.

The person I went with said she wanted to see it again because she thinks she missed part of the "subtle messages". I think she's seeing it as a lesson/dictionary on all-things Saud and wants to soak up all the information she can. This is a Good Thing if uncommitted Middle America can start getting educated on these issues and occurrances.

At 9/30/2007 4:44 PM , Blogger Some Soldier's Mom said...

actually, nahncee, most of the sequences were filmed in and around Phoenix and Mesa, AZ... some of the locations were filmed in Dubai

see for details.


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