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Three Kings (Widescreen) [Import]

David O. Russell , George Clooney , Ice Cube    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
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A confident hybrid of M*A*S*H, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Dr. Strangelove, Three Kings is one of the most seriously funny war movies ever made. Improving the premise of Kelly's Heroes with scathing intelligence, it explores the odd connection between war and consumerism in the age of Humvees and cellular phones. Writer-director David O. Russell's third film (after Spanking the Monkey and Flirting with Disaster), it's a no-holds-barred portrait of personal conscience in the volatile arena of politics, played out by one of the most gifted filmmakers to emerge in the 1990s.

George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze (director of Being John Malkovich) play a quartet of U.S. soldiers who, disillusioned by Operation Desert Storm, decide to steal $23 million in gold hijacked from Kuwait by Saddam Hussein's army. Getting the bullion out of an Iraqi stronghold is easy; keeping it is a potentially lethal proposition. By the end of their mercenary mission, the Americans can no longer ignore wartime atrocities (and neither can we--the film is boldly unflinching), and conscience demands their aid to Iraqi rebels abandoned by President George Bush's fickle wartime policy. This is serious stuff indeed, but Russell infuses Three Kings with a keen sense of the absurd, and the entire film is an exercise in breathtaking visual ingenuity. Despite a conventional ending that's mildly disappointing for such a brashly original film, Three Kings conveys the brutal madness of war while making you laugh out loud at the insanity. --Jeff Shannon

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Cube look credilbe as actor, need I say more. Sept. 19 2003
Well, actually I do need to say more. The fact of the matter is this is one of the greatest movies ever made. To begin with there is an amazing cast. Stars include George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Whalberg, Spike Jonze, Mykelti Williamson, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, and most notably is Cliff Curtis. Cliff Curtis is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood today. The man is a chameleon. With looks that enable him to play roles for Latinos, Caucasian, or in this case Middle Eastern. The man is magnificent. The single most remarkable thing about this movie is that it was made at he peak on Clinton's administration with no way to imagine how history would repeat itself once Dubya took power.
If one were to watch this movie and only take away from it the political ideas it communicates they will see the immense value in this film. There are many items in this movie that were suppressed from the American public and the media at the time of the first Gulf War that this movie sheds light on making our actions over their reprehensible.
Perhaps what makes this movie so enjoyable is the combination of several different aspects of genres. That is, this movie features a great story, action, relevant political content, and some really cool movie special effects (e.g. "bullet cam" or following the electricity up the wire in the torture scenes).
Truly a remarkable movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A SATIRE WITH INNOVATIVE CINEMATOGRAPHY Sept. 19 2003
At the first instance, what are striking about this movie, is its cinematography, its camera-work, and the computer graphics used, to create certain scenes. Considering these elements, the movie almost certainly 'appears' superficially like a Chemical Brothers video. From the beginning to the end, the movie is chaotic. Now, the movie is most certainly a two-hour Chemical Brothers video. As a matter of fact the movie is full of contemporary music-artists: Ice Cube, Marky Mark, and a prominent music-video director, Spike Jonze. Moreover, Spike has infact directed a couple of Chemical Brothers videos. So, there is a definite connection between Chemical Brothers and Three Kings.
Actually, the slick and sleek look of the movie makes it very interesting to watch and to be studied. But, there is a lot more to this flick, than merely its skin-deep look. There is much beyond to this flick than its masterfully created outward façade. Three kings is a brilliant satire. Mainly during its first half, the movie shows American soldiers act like Hollywood heroes, frivolously doing things as they please, at the expense of the hapless people, who they actually are supposed to protect. In point of fact, this very first half is funny as well as grossly heartless. One can either laugh one's heart out during the first half, or at the same time one can feel really sick in the gut, for some of the really gruesome scenes, treated humorously and with aberrant detachment. But, herein lies the sarcasm of the flick.
The second half of the movie is more hearted and thought-provoking than its first half. If 'satire' is the word for the first half, then 'irony' is the word for the second half.
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Three Kings, writer-director David O. Russell's darkly humorous and offbeat heist movie, does to Operation Desert Storm what Kelly's Heroes did to World War II.
Starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze, this 1999 film tells the story of four GIs who, at the end of the first Gulf War in 1991, cross the Kuwaiti border into Iraq in search of a stash of gold stolen from Kuwait City by the retreating Iraqi Army. On their way to Karbala, where the gold is stored in a hidden bunker, the motley group of Americans stumbles upon the Shi'ite revolt against Saddam...and what began as a treasure hunt becomes a rather sobering experience as the GIs watch Saddam's forces crush the short lived revolt.
Russell's film mixes dark humor, witty dialog, and social commentary with some extreme photographic tricks, making Three Kings one of the weirdest -- yet effective -- films to come out of Hollywood in recent years. The performances from the leads and such supporting actors as Nora Dunn (who plays a veteran cable news reporter), Jamie Kennedy and Mykelti Williamson are top-notch, and Russell keeps things going at a rapid pace.
Alex Diaz-Granados
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provoking Satire Aug. 27 2003
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Writer-director David O. Russell's almost-remake of "Kelly's Heroes" set during the Persian Gulf War provides a satirical view on the concept of war, humanity, and who really profits from them.
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and Spike Jonze, are weekend warriors who aren't happy about being in the desert risking their life for no money. Hearing about some Kuwaiti bullion (No, not the little cubes you make soup out of)in the hands of Iraqi soldiers, they decide it's time to go out on their own to hit the jack pot before anyone else gets there. On their way back they have to decide whether greed is more important than compassion or whether the two can be mixed somewhat.
Fast-paced with shifting images and camera angles, the movie gives one the sense of the values of the high-tech 90s and war in general. Exploring materialism and greed from top to bottom, David O. Russell explores the rationale of war and the Persian Gulf-War in particular. A great film for a wide audience. Whether you like war-movies, political satires, comedy, drama, or action, this movie has something for everyone.
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It's a off vid. The bullet scenes are frame by frame. Slow motion. It kind of ruins the whole movie. A typical split second bullet whizzing by now is 3 to 4 second long. Read more
Published 12 days ago by PRECIOUS83
1.0 out of 5 stars Pas satisfait!
je ne savais pas que les dvd étaient catégorisés par zone. Je veux le voir sur ma télé et non sur mon ordinateur. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roland Lacourse
4.0 out of 5 stars Original and funny.
I came upon this quite by accident and found it smart and witty. Well shot, acted and edited, this film is not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood blockbuster. Read more
Published 21 months ago by nobody
3.0 out of 5 stars BACK HAND SWIPE AT BUSH 41
"Three Kings" starred the ultra-liberal George Clooney in a convoluted story of U.S. soldiers trying to get rich in war torn 1991 Iraq, possibly re-creating the theme of... Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Steven R. Travers
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so
fortunately, i don't need a movie to tell me people are human. They are different kinds of people and not everyone is the same. Read more
Published on June 7 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely unrealistic war movie
This movie is based on the Gulf War. The acting is of extremely poor quality. The story plot is non-existent. The movie is about three U. Read more
Published on May 11 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Another War Movie
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and director Spike Jonze (who gives a chance at acting here) star in this twisted, offbeat war movie where four american soldiers try to... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by gonn1000
1.0 out of 5 stars Overdramatic, and not that good
"Three Kings" tries hard to be artistic. In fact...it tries too hard.
Its basically a modern day take on "Kelly's Heroes. Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2003 by TrezKu13
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film, Spectacular, Worth Watching
This's one of my favourite war films all the time. The story's well told, and the actors George Clooney, Mark Wahiberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze were just shining. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by tongjiahui
5.0 out of 5 stars we three kings be stealing the gold
awesome looking movie with very great characters and villians. theres a lot of comedy, action and great moments in this piece. Ice Cube is really good in one of the leads. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2003 by Michael Bolts
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