« Monster-in-Law | Main | Unleashed »

January 11, 2009

Kingdom Of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven Cinema’s least potent leading man, Orlando Bloom, stinks up the screen in Ridley Scott’s unsatisfying "epic" about the Crusades, in which Christians promoted century-long bloody battles with the Muslim world in the 11th and 12th centuries. Bloom portrays Balian, a blacksmith who ventures to Jerusalem to absolve his sins, after the suicide of his wife after the death of their son, and ends up leading the military defense of Jerusalem. Grandly staged battle sequences pad the oddly bland story while performances by Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud, as Muslim warrior Saladin, and Brendan Gleeson enliven the narrative. Edward Norton does a terrific vocal characterization as the leprosy-suffering Christian king Baldwin IV, who is hidden behind a sliver mask.
Rated R.165 mins. (C+) (Two Stars)


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Kingdom Of Heaven:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Featured Video

SMART NEW MEDIA® Custom Videos



Throwback Thursday

Podcast Series