If you’ve been dying to see director Peter Berg’s gritty take on terrorism on Saudi soil, “The Kingdom”, then you’re in luck. Yahoo! Movies is hosting a 4-minute clip from the film — or, to be more precise, the first four minutes from the movie — that chronicles the U.S. involvement with Saudia Arabia from the past to the present. It’s a damn fine introduction to the relationship between the two countries, and easily sets up the story Berg wants to tell. I’m telling you, Berg is good, man, he’s real good, and I’m dying to see this movie.
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 quickly assembles an elite team 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 authorities suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers, into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol–and with the clock ticking on their five days–the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts, who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms. Fleury’s crew finds a like-minded partner in Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi, who helps them navigate royal politics and unlock the secrets of the crime scene. With these unlikely allies sharing a propulsive commitment to crack the case, the team is led to the killer’s front door. Now in a fight for their own lives, strangers united by one mission won’t stop until justice is found.
Crash the kingdom September 28th, 2007.
Click here to see the first four minutes of “The Kingdom”.