Video Interviews with the Stars of THE KINGDOM

     September 18, 2007

Opening on September 28th is “The Kingdom,” and I’m happy to report that it absolutely kicked my ass. When I went into the screening I hoped it would be good, and I figured it might have an action set piece or two worth mentioning.

What I ended up getting was a punch in the face, as the film completely blindsided me with the level of action and story, and when it comes out next week, I think you’ll agree it’s a film not to be missed. The movie even has the best opening credits of the year.

So to help promote the movie, Universal has provided me with some video interviews with the stars as well as Director Peter Berg. I want to emphasize that I didn’t do the interviews or ask the questions, it’s studio provided interviews -which means the questions are kind of softball. But since I loved the movie and think it’s worth your time and money, I wanted to post the interviews to help promote the film.

Look for some print interviews to go up soon, and in those I actually do ask a question or two…

And if you missed the movie clips that I previously posted, here’s the link. Otherwise, you can read the synopsis and then watch the interviews. “The Kingdom” opens September 28th.

Jamie Foxx leads an all-star ensemble in a timely thriller that tracks a powder-keg criminal investigation shared by two cultures chasing a deadly enemy ready to strike again in “The Kingdom.”

When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury (Foxx) quickly assembles an elite team (Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing.

Upon landing in the desert kingdom, however, Fleury and his team discover Saudi authoritiessuspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol—and with the clock ticking on their five days—theFBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudicounterparts, who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms.

Fleury’s crew finds a like-minded partner in Saudi Police Captain Al-Ghazi (Ashraf Barhoum), who helps them navigate royal politics and unlock the secrets of the crime scene and the workings of an extremist cell bent on further destruction. With these unlikely allies sharing a propulsive commitment to crack the case, the team is led to the killer’s front door in a blistering do-or-die confrontation. Now in a fight for their own lives, strangers united by one mission won’t stop until justice is found in The Kingdom.

Jamie Foxx

Jennifer Garner

Jason Bateman

Ashraf Barhom

Peter Berg

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