Film of the day: Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven

Ridley Scott’s thoughtful historical epic follows Balian (Orlando Bloom) as he questions his faith on the road to Jerusalem to join the Crusades. 

Bloom plays a village blacksmith and the illegitimate son of Godfrey de Ibelin (Liam Neeson), a Crusader knight returned from the Holy Land who wishes to show his son that the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ is for all men – not just Christians.

A strong supporting cast and excellent cinematography ensure this adventure yarn has more to say than the script allows – filmed as it was at the height of the Bush/Blair Middle East military excesses. In English and Arabic, Latin and Italian with English subtitles.

Kingdom of Heaven – Thursday 9.00pm on FilmFour.