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.