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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

THE KINGDOM (2007)

A terrorist attack decimates a large American compound in the Middle-East! Now, a crack team of FBI detectives & forensic agents will have to break all the rules of diplomacy to investigate behind the walls of . . . The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia! Next week, on CSI: RIYADH.

Add in some of that trendy slice & dice editing; unwatchable hand-held camerawork for the ADD crowd; three OTT explosive action sequences you can almost decifer; and wind things down with a cynical wrap-up that equates those murderous self-justifying religious fanatics with the role of international law enforcement; oh, and don't forget to have the nice young black guy forfeit his life protecting the white guy who has finally come to trust & value his smarts, his culture, his . . . OOPS! They've swapped that old story trope. Now, it's the cool black guy who plays the lead and the sacrificial minority figure is . . . well, let’s not spoil the latest progressive Hollywood cliche.

SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Would anyone care to join me in starting a fund dedicated to sending a stationary camera tripod to every director now working in Hollywood? It couldn't hurt.

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