Dave White
The Kingdom Review

Dave's Rating:

3.0

… basically about kicking ass.

Who's in It: Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Jeremy Piven, Frances Fisher, Danny Huston, Kyle Chandler, Ashraf Barhom, Ali Suliman

The Basics: Terrorists in Saudi Arabia kill lots of American oil employees and their families. The FBI wants to investigate, but it would upset the fragile status quo. But this is about rogue American agents cutting through the red tape and exacting justice, so they go anyway. Stuff blows up. See? We can fight terrorists.

What's the Deal? This movie thinks its smarter than Rambo and adopts a sort of procedural style to serious it up — throws a lot of bureaucracy in the heroes' faces to slow them down, the camera moving in that shaky mockumentary way … but it's still basically about kicking butt. When the CSI investigation gets too boring, they just start exploding things and having car chases. It makes you wish they'd just dropped the faux-thoughtfulness front entirely and made it the vengeance movie it's dying to be.

Who's Annoying: Foxx being the rules-are-made-to-be-broken guy. Movies like this that want to be realistic but still feature outsized acts of heroism don't know how to modulate cocky characters. He should steer clear of these roles unless Michael Mann is directing him.

What You Will Learn Besides the Obligatory "We All Lose in This Endless Cycle of War and Violence" Message It Brings: That just because the entire cast isn't yelling "BOO-YA!" every time someone dies, it doesn't mean you're not watching a Chuck Norris movie.

As Always, the MVP Is Chris Cooper: When is he not awesome? Not often. (I know, double negative.) But what I mean by that is that you should see Breach because he gets a lead role, and he's pretty great.

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