Kingdom of Heaven adalah film yang bercerita tentang Perang Salib melalui sudut pandang yang sangat berbeda dari kebanyakan film Hollywood lainnya.
Dalam film ini, tentara muslim yang dipimpin Salahudin Al Ayubi digambarkan sebagai pihak yang memegang etika perang seperti toleransi beragama dan hak azasi manusia.
Sementara tentara Salib justru digambarkan sebagai tentara haus darah, suka berperang dan tak mengenal belas kasihan baik pada wanita maupun anak-anak. Film ini digambarkan dengan objektif sesuai dengan catatan sejarah.
This was the time of the Crusades during the Middle Ages - the 200 year collision that shaped the world between Europe and the East.
A blacksmith named Balian has lost his family and almost his faith. The religious wars raging in the distant Holy Land seem distant to him, but he is drawn into the extraordinary drama.
Amid the pageantry and intrigue of medieval Jerusalem, she falls in love, grows into a leader, and eventually uses all her courage and skill to defend the city against surprising odds. Fate comes looking for Balian in the form of a great knight, Godfrey of Ibelin, a Crusader who briefly returns to France from fighting in the East.
Revealing himself to be Balian's father, Godfrey shows him the true meaning of chivalry and takes him on a journey across the continent to the fabled Holy City.
It was in Jerusalem at that time—between the Second and Third Crusades—a fragile peace prevailed, through the efforts of the enlightened Christian king Baldwin IV, assisted by his adviser Tiberias, and the military restraint of the legendary Muslim leader Saladin Al Ayubi.
But Baldwin's days are numbered, and tensions of fanaticism, greed, and jealousy among the Crusaders threaten to destroy the truce.
King Baldwin's vision of peace—the kingdom of heaven—is embraced by a handful of knights, including Godfrey of Ibelin, who vow to defend it with their lives and honor.
When Godfrey gave his sword to his son, he also gave that sacred oath: to protect the helpless, maintain peace, and work towards harmony between religions and cultures, so that the kingdom of heaven may flourish on earth.
Balian took the sword and stepped into history. ??