Lord Of War (2005)

ANDREW NICCOL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5

France/USA, 2005.  Entertainment Manufacturing Company, VIP 3 Medienfonds, Ascendant Pictures, Saturn Films, Rising Star, Copag V, Endgame Entertainment, Majority Entertainment.  Screenplay by Andrew Niccol.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Nicolas Cage, , , Andrew Niccol, , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Andrew Niccol continues his criticism of our increasingly mechanized world with this insightful but underwhelming film about the rise to power of a money-minded arms dealer (). After becoming tired of his dull life living with his family in Little Odessa, Cage starts selling guns on the sly and eventually works himself up to a multi-million dollar operation, travelling the world supplying conflicts in third-world countries and providing its citizens with terrible suffering. Meanwhile, he marries his dream girl (), who has no idea that the man she sleeps beside has signed a deal with the devil, and is constantly outrunning a Federal Officer (, reunited with his Gattaca director) who has made it his personal mission to destroy him. The photography looks great and the story is so politically dangerous (US studios avoided it like the plague and forced Niccol to seek foreign distribution support), but the film rushes through its plot too fast and ‘s performance as Cage’s messed-up brother is surprisingly weak.

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