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Sunday, February 18, 2007
The Kingdom

Salam all. Witty here, not Fuzzy, since some people are still confusing us :) It's finally the weekend, so thought I'd post something.

A friend of mine sent me an e-mail about a new movie due out in September 2007, called The Kingdom. The story starts when a terrorist detonates a bomb in a Western housing compound in Riyadh. Yup! Riyadh, KSA! So, of course, the Americans, being the best at everything, take over with FBI special agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) assembling an 'elite' team to go to KSA and catch the 'madman'.

At the beginning, I was really appalled by the idea. Not only are the Americans parading another all-American-heroes-the-only-ones-who-can-save-the-day type of movie, but now they are filming it in Saudia Arabia! And Allah knows how I hate the way they dress us up and make us behave in those movies. They actually have a scene where they are talking to the King or a Prince, convincing him that they are the best and they know what they're doing, so 'leave it to us, Your Highness'! As if no-one else has the brains but them. I'm not anti-Americans, but I'm anti-what-they-do or claim to be able to do. The skeptical me kept thinking that they are going to make fun of Saudis (i.e. Arabs in general) just to prove they're the best.

However, after a while, I thought I'd give it a shot and go see it when it's out. Simply because I was also skeptical of Syriana at the beginning. Thought they are probably making fun of us, so I won't go watch it in the movies; I don't want to be humiliated in public. If I must, I may buy the DVD later and be humiliated one-on-one. But I've decided to go to the movies after I heard that George Clooney was called a traitor for starring in it, because it showed the real American policy. To be honest, the movie was crowded with so many events that you won't be able to keep up with them all. Nevertheless, I LOVED it! Surely it was funny (we laughed out loud at the movies) when Clooney was trying to pass as a fluent Arabic speaker, but I loved the fact that the Prince in Syriana had the Kuwaiti Royal Family's name, dressed like UAE and adopted the Saudi Royal Family's story. All in all, it was a new kind of movie. I'm hoping it's the beginning of an era, American honesty era, which so far has been an oxymoron.

So, back to The Kingdom. Let's wait and see.


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  • At February 18, 2007 5:57 PM, Blogger Hitman1

    I loved Syriana. I thought the story was done pretty well. I especially liked the parts on how a bomber could start a lower class labor on our countries. Syriana was also kind of fair showing why our leaders are always afraid of the Americans.

  • At February 18, 2007 10:01 PM, Blogger Witty

    I agree, it was very well done. But I don't think our leaders are afraid of the Americans. Our leaders are merely weak, disoriented, disorganised, and willing to kill each other, rather than their enemies, at any given chance. Look at Palestine and Iraq now :|

    eeeeeeeh, seen any good movies lately?

  • At February 19, 2007 1:47 AM, Blogger Zed

    i posted about it last week.. when i saw the website i was attracted to the name of the movie.. but i think it will just turn out to be another movie downgrading the arabs and making the americans look like heros... as usual .. the story is getting old...

  • At February 19, 2007 1:48 AM, Blogger Zed

    btw, nice blog :)

  • At February 19, 2007 1:26 PM, Blogger Witty

    I couldn't agree more. But I'm still gonna give it the benefit of the doubt, just in case it turns out to be like Syriana :)

    Thanks a lot for your comment :)

  • At February 19, 2007 5:44 PM, Blogger Entropy

    I am expecting "The Kingdom" to be a bit nicer than Syriana in terms of portraying Arabs. It was reported in the media that the director hired a Saudi guy as the technical consultant about Saudi Arabia/Islam, his name is Ahmad Al-Ibrahim

    Lets hope he at least suggested to them that Saudis in Saudi Arabia speak Arabic in Saudi accent!! I hated it when in Syriana the prince spoke some strange accent that was more like moroccan!!!

  • At February 19, 2007 8:01 PM, Blogger Witty

    I agree that the Prince in Syriana spoke with a weird accent, yet I didn't hate them for that (kept laughing about it out loud at the movies, though lol). But I thought it's OK since they've mixed so cultures in his persona.

    I admit though that, in The Kingdom, the scene where Foxx was talking to the Prince/King looked very convincing. But I hope it's not another American cocky, action movie.

    So, let's wait and see :)
    Thank you for passing by.

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