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.