This film is difficult. Lets just say that right from the get-go. You should come prepared knowing the geography of the Middle East, some idea about mergers, some knowlege of the various groups that make up the Middle East and a really good ability to concentrate. If you've got all that, you will love this film. If you don't, you may get a bit turned off. It plays like a Tom Clancy book, there are multiple stroy lines that are all related, but you really don't know how and why. It jumps around from one to the other a buch so you have to be paying attention.
The more I think about it, the more I understand why it didn't do that well here in America. It's not spoon fed, it's not an action film and it doesn't have a nice and tidy plot that ends well.. oh and it also gives you what I believe is the best cinematic depiction of how terrorists can be born.
If you are ready for a challenge and a film that is beautifully shot that makes you think and can prompt discussions with others, you should rent this.