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Kingdom of Heaven

2006-03-30 13:03


Balian (Orlando Bloom) is a blacksmith who has lost his family and nearly lost his faith. The religious wars raging in the far-off Holy Land seem remote to him, and he does not realise that he will soon be part of that immense historical drama.

Destiny comes seeking Balian in the form of Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), a Crusader briefly home to France. Revealing himself as Balian's father, Godfrey shows him the true meaning of knighthood and takes him to the fabled Holy City.

In Jerusalem at that moment - between the Second and Third Crusades - a fragile peace prevails, through the efforts of its enlightened Christian king, Baldwin IV. But Baldwin's days are numbered, and fanaticism, greed, and jealousy among the Crusaders threatens to shatter the truce.

King Baldwin's vision of peace - a "kingdom of heaven" - is shared by a handful of knights, including Godfrey. As Godfrey passes his sword to his son, he also passes on that sacred oath: to protect the helpless, safeguard the peace, and work toward harmony between religions and cultures, so that a kingdom of heaven can flourish on earth.

Balian takes the sword and steps into history.

What the critics are saying:

"Ridley Scott's plaintive epic about the Crusades is an ostensibly fair-minded, even-handed account of one of the least fair-minded, even-handed chapters in human history."
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"A spectacular battle for Jerusalem, as only Ridley Scott could direct."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"For all the spectacle, you never feel anything's at stake - and Balian's in-your-face 'everyone is equal' moralising is immensely tedious. Part history lesson, part lecture, all dull, Kingdom Of Heaven is purgatory."
- Nev Pierce, BBC Films

His latest epic gives Ridley Scott yet another chance to show off his mastery of spectacular battle scenes, but excessive length and tedious moral posturing drag the movie into the "also ran" category.

ZIEGFRIED 2005/05/07 7:06 AM
Mel 2005/05/07 11:07 AM
Brilliant I thought this movie was excellent. Beats Alexander The Great to the ground Troy
Lizzy 2005/05/07 1:43 PM
Dunno It's nice and all, but I'd recommend Pirates of the Carribean. PotC
Kirsty 2005/05/08 7:39 PM
Kingdom of Heaven I was a tad confused. Shame about the 2 hour "padding" -not problem with the cast ;) House of Wax - looks amazing
Vic 2005/05/09 8:10 AM
Awesome Kingdom of Heaven is a brilliant movie. If you like your history, this movie will take you far into the middle of the Dark Ages. Better than Alexander or Troy. The movie is not about religion, but the good and bad decisions individuals make. It’s about the folly of man. Five stars!
Nunu 2005/05/09 4:54 PM
Hmmmm Although a very typical role for Orlando Bloom to play, the movie was commonly grippin! It is a Friday night fliek
Chantel 2005/05/15 11:42 AM
Kingdom of Heaven Brilliant.
DEON SWANEPOEL 2005/05/20 10:16 PM
Shana 2005/05/23 3:11 PM
Kingdom of Heaven A thought provoking film - I would definitely recommend you watch it on the big screen. Orlando Bloom's acting is overshadowed by Liam Neeson, Andre Norton, Jeremy Irons and the chap that plays Salahudeen - they are brilliant. Well worth watching.
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