Lord Of War (Special Edition) [DVD]
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LORD OF WAR (2-DISC SPECIAL EDITIO MOVIE
The lethal business of arms dealers provides an electrifying context for the black-as-coal humor of Andrew Niccol's Lord of War. Having proven his ingenuity as the writer of The Truman Show, and writer-director of Gattaca and the under-appreciated Simone, Niccol is clearly striving for Strangelovian relevance here as he chronicles the rise and inevitable fall of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage), a Ukrainian immigrant to America who makes his fortune selling every kind of ordnance he can get his amoral hands on. With a trophy wife (Bridget Moynahan) who's initially clueless about his hidden career, and a younger brother (Jared Leto) whose drug-addled sense of decency makes him an ill-chosen accomplice, Yuri traffics in death the way other salesman might push vacuum cleaners (he likes to say that alcohol and tobacco are deadlier products than his), but even he can't deny the sheer ruthlessness of the Liberian dictator (a scene-stealing Eamonn Walker) who purchases Orlov's "products" to expand his oppressive regime. Niccol's themes are even bigger than Yuri's arms deals, and he drives them home with a blunt-force lack of subtlety, but Cage gives the film the kind of insanely dark humor it needs to have. To understand this monster named Yuri, we have to see at least a glimpse of his humanity, which Cage provides as only he can. Otherwise, this epic tale of gunrunnng would be as morally unbearable as the black market trade it illuminates. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Mr.Cage plays Yuri Orlov, the man who siezed the arms buisness and made a profit of billions, at one time selling to BOTH SIDES of every existing war. He started off a Ukranian-born son of immigrants who pretend to be jewish, for personal reasons. His brother and him start off with light ammunition sale, when one day Yuri has a brilliant revolutionary idea of massive arms trade. Yup, Yuri is the smartest of smart, and with salesmans charm. His brother eventually gets messed up in the drug buisness and Yuri goes solo, but when he meets his boy-hood dream girl (fantasized about at a young age) He marries her and he is living the life of a President, but then it all goes down hill, his brother realizes what the guns were doing and in an attempt to stop a group of guerrilla forces, is killed. His Wife discovers his job, and the C.I.A are after him. His life went from an all-time high, to an all-time low.
A Spectacular movie, worth every last penny.
decent back story to the main character via numerous flash
backs.Nicolas Cage plays an arms dealer being pursued relentlessly by
an interpol agent(Ethan Hawke).I liked the first person narrative with
Cage doing the voice-over.it worked well with this picture.you could
say this movie is a bit preachy.However i think it's best when watching
this type of movie,to just try and think of it in terms of
entertainment.so hopefully the movie is well made and has some
entertainment value. for me,Lord of War is one of those movies.it is
immensely entertaining,with good performances.i love this movie. 5/5
Okay, so Interpol doesn't send agents after people to arrest them and there are other typical Hollywood concessions made in order to keep the plot moving. But there is an important message in this film, a message that the Interpol agent delivers when he refers to the assault rifles and grenades that Yuri Orlov sells as "the real weapons of mass destruction", that and the fact that private arms dealers are very likely used by nation states to supply groups which it would be "embarrassing" to be publicly associated with.
As I said, this is not a silly John Wayne-style war movie, this movie addresses serious issues in the real world of international arms dealers, "revolutionary" groups in the Third World and the complicity of major world powers in the whole rotten system. As entertainment it flows well and the acting is very good. I especially liked Nicholas Cage's blase, morally disconnected portrayal of a man who succeeds beyond his wildest dreams and hates himself for it.
The film tears away the veneer of respectability of arms dealers, and makes the convincing argument that much of the butchery occurring in Third World places could be mitigated if we just didn't them access to all these weapons. Though there is a scene in the film where an atrocity is done with machetes, the point is that it makes it easier for the perpetrators to do massacres with guns rather than machetes.
The film does a good job mixing its message along with an interesting storyline and history lesson, making this film something like a docudrama about the arms trade. It offers the moral arguments and rationalizations of the arms dealer, the counter argument being the death and destruction these arms do. However, the end of the film, it offers the depressing scenario that there is too much money and power behind the arms trade, including the complicity of the permanent leading nations on the security council, to have anything ever change.
Gratuitous Ian Holm, super gratuitous Ethan Hawke channeling bits of his Training day cop character as well as a dopey Matrix-like follow-the-bullet intro and it's a pretty goofy movie really.
I dug it but I think you really have to be in the mood for Nicolas Cage's over-the-top performance. The guy seems to be running on autopilot with these roles he takes that sort of reprise his Raising Arizona persona...actually his Valley Girl role to be honest.
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