Sunday, September 18, 2005

Lord of War (**1/2)

I liked this movie, but I'm not passionate about it. It's an ambitious tale of foreign and domestic gunrunning, and it's shot and edited in the style of Goodfellas. There is an amazing opening credits sequence which traces the life of a bullet, from manufacture to firing. The movie starts off strong for about an hour, and then slowly tends to disinterest you. Nicolas Cage is good, but his character is pretty unlikeable throughout the whole picture, and he doesn't show a lot of emotion on screen. Since his character dominates, as does his voiceover narration, we don't become invested in the highly charged events happening on screen. This could have been a much more powerful film. Instead, it settles for interesting facts, a few nicely filmed moments, and none-too-subtle political statements.


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