This movie was released in 2007 and this is one of the offerings by Netflix to keep you hooked to the platform even though I found it uninteresting. The movie starts with an animated portrayal of the whys and the wherefores in the world, how contemporary (read American) perspective has been formulated vis-a-vis the middle east, specifically the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which I found more fascinating and riveting compared to the whole movie but that’s a different story altogether. The movie stars Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper and Jennifer Garner as the lead actors in the roles of FBI agents and interesting trivia to note courtesy IMDB is that Jennifer Garner actually fainted a couple of time in Phoenix while shooting because the temperature was 115F.
The movie is about an FBI field operative who is killed in an American housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and how an FBI team is able to get access “on the ground” for five days in order to investigate and hopefully get clues to solve the heinous crime that costs American lives.
The world is a lot more paranoid with terrorism creating a whole new dimension after 9/11 but somehow the movie is not able to capitalize on the relevance by being impactful in an obvious manner. It is too slick, too Hollywoodesque to appeal to the senses and the critics alike. This movie also plays into the geopolitics of the region because of America’s proximity of Israel, the only other tangent more important is the bonhomie and symbiotic relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia. It is not too hard to fathom the reasons for coming up with a screenplay such as this considering the underlying equations between nations and the movie caters to a global audience without too much noise. Conventional storytelling with not too much room for guesswork describes this movie in two words- Time Pass.