Review: The Kingdom

Peter Berg has come a long way, since his sympathetic doctor character in Chicago Hope, where he also picked up the camera in his spare time. Now fully acclimated in Hollywood, and a few action flicks under his belt (and some more writing and producing credits), he’s ready to pair up with quality producer Michael Mann.
Result is a hard-hitting gritty action/drama with a current thematic war atmosphere that uses mostly simplistic plot devices, but is effective all the way. It lacks the character depth usually synonimous with Mann, but somehow, this movie is in a different category and doesn’t really need it. It’s entertaining all the way and suspense is pumped through the roof. A marvelous introspective end scene is just the topping on the icecream.8-.

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