After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: William Monahan
Although it's an objective and handsomely presented take on the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven lacks depth.
Since we barely know what's at stake -- we're too confused and bored to care -- all this fighting means nothing to us, and yet Scott still hopes to rev us up with it.
Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.
The miscasting of the lightweight Bloom proves fatal: instead of galvanizing this epic, he sucks the energy out of it.
Tagline: Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Safeguard the helpless, and do no wrong
Motion Picture Rating: PG-13
Genres: action, adventure, drama, history, war
Categories: crusade, medieval times, richard the lionheart, knight, jerusalem, sword and shield, templar knight, christianity, 12th century, holy land, king richard lionheart character, saracen, sultan, walled city, palestine
Producer: Ridley Scott
Editor: Dody Dorn
Director of photography: John Mathieson
Original music composer: Harry Gregson-Williams
Production design: Arthur Max
Runtime: 144 min
Country: Germany, Malta, Spain, UK, USA, Morocco
Language: English, Arabic, Italian, Latin
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1