Lord Of War

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Based on actual events, this black comedy/drama stars Nicholas Cage as international arms smuggler Uri Orlov. The story follows Uri from his humble beginnings as a Soviet immigrant in 1970s Brooklyn and peaks with his involvement in selling off the stockpiled arsenal of post-Cold War Ukraine to--among other top clients--the sadistic African dictator André Baptiste, Sr. (Eamonn Walker). Jared Leto costars as Uri's little brother Vitaly, whose conscience and a burgeoning cocaine problem get in the way of business. Ethan Hawke is good as a sanctimonious Interpol agent with a vendetta against Uri, but the film's biggest dose of onscreen gravitas comes from Walker, whose Baptiste seethes with a heavy, serpent-like malevolence. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film makes fine use of the brisk stream-of-consciousness narration style that Martin Scorcese brought to the true crime genre with GOODFELLAS (1992), and a near constant flow of action and classic rock songs that ensure a speedy, riveting ride through three decades of global carnage. Cage, who coproduced, lets his patented oddball magnetism slowly change polarity, until viewers realize they've been led into a moral quagmire by falling for his self-delusory spiels about supply and demand, making this one of the bravest and most jet-black comedies of its decade.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 202062381
UPC 031398188018
UPC 14 00031398188018
Format DVD
Release Date 8/7/2007
Rating Rating
Name Cage,Nicolas
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Name Andrew Niccol
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Cast & Crew
Amir M. Mokri - Director of Photography
Andrew Niccol - Director
Andrew Niccol - Writer
Antonio Pinto, et. al. - Original Music By
Bridget Moynahan - Actor
Christopher Eberts, et. al. - Executive Producer
Ethan Hawke - Actor
Jared Leto - Actor
Jean-Vincent Puzos - Production Designer
Nicolas Cage - Actor
Nicolas Cage, et. al. - Producer
Zach Staenberg - Editor
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Ambition is in such short supply at the multiplex -- look and weep at the formula drool of Just Like Heaven -- that it seems churlish to hammer Lord of War for having too much of it. But the poison arrows of satire that writer-director Andrew Niccol aims at international arms dealing and the great powers who let it happen for their own gain -- the U.S. dangles prominently on Niccol's hook -- are frustratingly scattershot.
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Lord of War is a bleak comedy, funny in a Catch-22 sort of way, and at the same time an angry outcry against the gun traffic that turns 12-year-olds into killers and cheapens human life to the point where might makes not only right, but everything else. Yuri is played by Nicolas Cage in another of those performances you cannot easily imagine anyone else doing; he plays an immigrant from Ukraine who has the cocky self-assurance, the snaky surface charm, the breezy intellectual justification for the most indefensible acts. He will sell to anyone, anytime, he tells us during his narration, which confides the secrets of his trade: He never sold to Osama bin Laden, because "he was always bouncing checks."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, DTS ES 6.1; DD-EX 5.1, Director commentary, Deleted Scenes
Product Attributes
Actor Bridget Moynahan / Cage,Nicolas / Eamonn Walker / Ethan Hawke / Ian Holm / Jared Leto / Nicolas Cage / Sammy Rotibi
Composer Antonio Pinto
Director Amir Mokri / Andrew Niccol
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper Two big thumbs up!
US Weekly A powerful thriller!

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