Not that old, I suppose – Mrs. Ahab and I really hate going to the theatre, and we will really only go if there is a movie out we both are significantly interested in, such as The Dark Knight. Because of that, when I see a preview for a movie that looks good, I make a mental note to order it On Demand or Tivo it when it’s playing in HD on HBO or Starz.
Last night, we finally got around to watching our DVR’d copy of The Kingdom, starring Jamie Fox and Jennifer Garner (who is hot in a girl next door sort of way). I remember when this movie came out that people were saying that it was anti-war and anti-American or something, to which I can only conclude that they weren’t watching the same movie that I did. The basic gist of the plot is that some terrorists attack a western housing compound in Saudi Arabia, and the FBI does some political tap-dance and gets to send a team over to “The Kingdom” (hence the name) to assist with the investigation.
I actually thought the film was pretty solid – it did a decent job of portraying the difference between your average Muslim who just wants to live his/her life out and the crazy jihadists who want to kill everyone, without sliding into apologizing for terrorism or anything like that.
Now for the part that you people care about – there was a pretty cracking gunfight for the last 10-20 minutes of the film. Jennifer Garner spends most of it with an HK MP5K, Jamie Fox goes from an HK G3 to a 12 gauge shotgun, and then tosses that for a pistol grip AK. The badguys are pretty much universally armed with AKs, although you do see a Tokarev, and the goodguy Saudis are usually packing M4’s and Beretta M9s.
If you get a chance to see it for anywhere from $0.00 – $5.00, The Kingdom would be totally worth it, if for no reason other than the political intrigue (which I dig) and the big gunfight at the end.