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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes Cube look credilbe as actor, need I say more.
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...
Published on Sep 19 2003 by Justin Skiftenes
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 Clint Eastwood's 1970 film "Kelly's Heroes". "Kings" is not a highly political story, but leaves little doubt that it views the first President Bush's war in Iraq,...
Published on Jun 7 2004 by Steven R. Travers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provoking Satire,
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites,
4.0 out of 5 stars What Would Kipling Have Thought?,
Three Kings is a rip-roaring tale that follows the misadventures of four American soldiers at the end of Desert Storm, as played by George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg and Spike Jonze. All are good, but the first two were revelations to me. I had never before seen Clooney in a movie, and doubted he could fill the screen. He put my doubts to rest. The guy's a movie star in the best, old-fashioned, big studio sense. He can act, and he exudes star power. Similarly, I had seen Ice Cube do capable work playing one sort of character in contemporary blaxploitation/"urban" pix (Boyz' in the Hood, New Jack City, etc.), but didn't know if he had any range. He does. His endearing, Bible-spouting character was a great challenge he made the most of. The man may now quit his day job.
In exploiting the desert milieu, Three Kings' director David O. Russell successfully mixes bawdy humor, surprises, and tense drama as befitting the movie's theme. The pic's only short-coming is its ending, which I found a bit pat.
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm torn between hating and liking this one.,
The movie begins as Desert Storm ends in 1991. Troy Barlow (Mark Wahlberg) and two of his fellow soldiers/friends, Chief Elgin (Ice Cube) and Conrad Vig (Spike Jonze), find a map hidden in a surrendering Iraqi soldiers butt. Knowing that Iraq has stolen money and gold from Kuwait they believe the map contains the directions to the bunker where it is stored. Former special forces soldier Archie Gates (George Clooney), who is now escorting newswoman Adriana Cruz (Nora Dunn), catches wind of the map and ends up joining the trio in attempting to take the gold from Iraq for themselves. Archie distracts Adriana with false directions and leads the foursome into the Iraqi desert where they end up finding the gold, Iraqi civilians being held prisoner and being tortured, and plenty of Iraqi soldiers.
Also, the acting is surprisingly good seeing as how the last time (I believe) Wahlberg and Clooney teamed up - The Perfect Storm - the movie was about as bad as they come. Perhaps the reason why is that they don't really have to do much acting. Clooney isn't too bad, but Wahlberg just has to play a greedy young soldier who has a hidden heart. Ice Cube isn't particularly outstanding, especially with his overly bizarre fascination with 'Christ fire' that never really makes much sense. Spike Jonze, on the other hand, was pretty good at being the rather mindless soldier that he was trying to be.
Admittedly, I liked the story. And perhaps it should get a much higher review because, in a sense, it really does capture something of the picture of the relationship between Iraq and America in the two hour microcosm that makes up the movie - some Americans are greedy, some really want to help Iraqis, some Iraqis are monsters, and some are caring individuals that 'just want to cut hair', have a family, and live their lives.
Overall, I have to recommend the movie because it does keep your attention and even, I hate to say it, makes you think a little bit. Perhaps as I think about it over time I'll feel that it is worthy of a higher rating, but I just can't give it to it today.
(On an interesting side note, I watched this movie at a unique time - the 2003 war with Iraq began just a couple of weeks ago and raised all of the same issues.)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Rule.....,
This review is from: Three Kings (Widescreen) (VHS Tape)This review refers to the Warner Bros "Special Widescreen Edition" VHS of "Three Kings"......
A Gulf War story that's both hard hitting and comical takes a look at four soldier's quest to get something more out of the war than just memories of combat in the desert.
Kuwait has just been "freed" by the American forces and the military personel are rejoicing that their part is over and soon they will be going home. When two soldiers discover a hidden map(and you will cringe when you see where they find it) to millions in gold bullion, that Sadam has ripped off from the Kuwaitis, they along with two others decide it's theirs for the taking. They ditch the journalist assigned to them and stop at nothing to recover and steal this fortune for themselves. Breaking treaties and rules of engagement, and putting innocent people in devastingly dangerous situations they persue their own personal mission.
But along the way they open their eyes to what is going on around them. They see what the people are being subjected to and the devastation that the war and Saddam has wrought. They must decide what is more important in life.They are given pause to think about their own families and how they would feel if this happened to them. Will they risk their own necks and give the gift of freedom to a small group of refugees that has brefriended them or continue on their way to riches?
Although comical through these four main characters, this film in no way makes light of the seriousness of the war and the tragedies occurring in this region.At times it is very violent and graphic in it's depiction of the atrocities. It actually gives an understanding of why we were there and why we are back again.It also reminds us of the sadly unfinished results we left behind the first time around. And even more, it gives us a look at what soldiers from the other side are thinking and feeling as well.
The film stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Spike Jonze who all seem to hit the mark with the feelings of these soldiers. Written and directed by David O. Russell with innovative photography by Newton Thomas Sigel, it gives a unique perspective on the war. It may also be a very authentic look as some of the co-stars and extras were ex-refugees themselves and expierenced all of these horrors and served double time as advisors to Russell and the actors.
The VHS has a good widescreen picture, nice color and great sound(Dolby Stereo Surround)which does justice to the excellent soundtrack and all the sounds of war. Although this looks to be the same as the " Widescreen Collectors Edition" sold here, on my packaging it is called "Special Widescreen edition". This one also has a behind-the scenes Doumentary on the making of the film(but I can't say for sure that this is the same package.)
The story left me with a deepened awareness but also a renewed feeling of hope.
1.0 out of 5 stars HOLLYWOOD WON'T SUPPORT WAR,BUT WILL BE SUPPORTED BY WAR.,
4.0 out of 5 stars More than war in this war movie.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart on its sleeve...and still very, very relevant,
Now, as we prepare for Gulf War II, David O. Russell's insight strikes at the heart of what everyone needs to be asking: what happens *after* Saddam? Is the commitment to follow through there? What are the odds of establishing a democratic state after 20+ years of brutal Baathist suppression? Russell's film shows you just how complex these issues can be when you're on the ground in the heat of engagement.
Another kick is seeing a movie that hews closely to the plotlines of one of my all-time favorites, "Kelly's Heroes." George Clooney, you're no Clint Eastwood. But who is?
5.0 out of 5 stars A breakout for George Clooney and others.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Bush Sr.'s War on Saddam Hussein,
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