Saudi Arabia: Same as It Ever Was?

We watched this gem of a film on Netflix last night. I knew from the opening sequence (above) that it would be amusing, to say the least. The culture clash between America and Saudi Arabia is quite extreme and Tom Hanks’ character is definitely a fish out of water. But over the course of a couple of hours, he learns to navigate the shark infested world of business in a place where tomorrow might never come.

There was a quip that Alan makes partway through his longish sojourn in the Kingdom: when asked if he was alright, after receiving some medical attention, he says, “They would need a golden bullet.”

This allusion to Lawrence of Arabia is a hint that, like T.E. Lawrence, he would finally find himself there.

In the beginning, I thought it was going to be a comedy of errors, human foibles, and culture differences. By the end, I realized it was a stylized romantic adventure.

If you like Tom Hanks, you will enjoy this pilgrim’s progress.

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.
This entry was posted in reviews, showbusiness and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.