I had the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of The Kingdom and loved it. The film is violent and rather graphic so if you have a weak stomach you might want to pass. Considering the subject matter, I was actually surprised how many times I laughed out loud. The dialogue was very natural, the acting was excellent, and the plot was engaging. Some people have complained that the story starts slow, but I disagree. The film builds to a crescendo, and the last half hour is very intense, but everything leading up to the climax is what really gives this movie its depth. The Kingdom is thought-provoking and timely. As someone who makes a living writing about current affairs I thought it was well balanced, it dealt with a very controversial topic without being political. Rather than attempting to shape public opinion, the filmmakers simply present you with a story and let you draw your own conclusions.