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Three Kings [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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on April 27, 2000
WHY? FOR WHAT REASON WOULD SOMEONE MAKE SUCH A BAD MOVIE? STAY AWAY II'S COMPLETE PANTS WITH STAINS.
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on April 2, 2003
Summary:
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.
My Comments:
The reason I am torn over this movie is because it has too many perspectives and too many political messages. At first it wants you to think that the American soldiers who are stealing the gold are just boys being boys. Then the movie turns them into bad guys. But in the end they end up the heroes. All the while the Iraqi civilians are seen as oppressed and in desperate need of help and the Iraqi soldiers are made out to be both human (by being afraid of Saddam Hussein and having suffered dramatic losses) and inhumane for torturing and killing anyone they can. In the end you don't really know who you are supposed to be rooting for which left me a little bothered by the whole thing.
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.)
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on July 10, 2000
i know some guys that had a small part in this movie...cool movie....george and mark OOUU YA!
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on April 22, 2000
IT HAS TONS OF ACTION.BEST WORK FROM THE THREE OF THEM.BUY THIS MOVIE FOR YOUR DVD.
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on October 11, 2002
Terrific movie great cinematography and exceptional acting. What else can I say.
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on April 1, 2000
Terific movie great cinimatography and exceptional acting. What else can I say.
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on July 30, 2001
Nice movie. Great for action fun relaxing. Some rising to Iraq ambience.
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on June 12, 2000
Great movie! Treats the Arabs like they are human! Wonderful visuals
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on December 5, 2014
Very happy. Was shipped with care! Very happy from start to finish!!!
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on September 20, 2001
This film has so much to say on so many levels. Please see it.
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