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Lord of War

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7.62 h 1 min2005X-Ray15
Based on a true story, this black comedy-drama follows arms smuggler Uri Orlov from Soviet immigrant in 1970s Brooklyn to selling off the arsenal of post-Cold War Ukraine to an African dictator. This combination of action and rock songs takes us on a riveting ride through 30 years of global carnage.
Directors
Andrew Niccol
Starring
Nicolas CageEthan HawkeJared Leto
Genres
SuspenseActionDrama
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Audio Languages
English
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Bridget MoynahanIan HolmSammi RotibiEamonn WalkerDonald SutherlandJean-Pierre NshanianJared BurkeDavis ShumbrisJeremy CrutchleyShake TukhmanyanDavid Harman
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Momentum Pictures
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Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingsubstance useviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

2102 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 7% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Silly The KidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
and occasionally he makes a good one. This would be amongst those
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Nicolas Cage stars in more movies than any actor I've ever known, and occasionally he makes a good one. This would be amongst those: a devastating indictment of the international arms market as supported by corrupt governments, and a searing picture of one man slowing sinking into the abyss of evil which he creates himself. If you like Yuri's flippantly wicked attitude at the start, you certainly won't by the end... unless, you want Darth Vader to win all along.
Ethan Hawke provides good support as a by-the-book Interpol agent, and Bridget Monynahan is effective as Yuri's unsuspecting wife, in fact the whole cast from crazy African despots to impoverished townspeople is great. The only thing I would say is that some of the dialogue is a bit too 'on the nose' in terms of the ongoing battle of good vs evil, and sometimes the plot feels more like a sequence of events instead of having a cohesive narrative.
But these are just minor gripes. Most people will come away from this feeling just a little less safe than they were before, and a bit more depressed at the state of the world we live in. And, guess what? These are exactly the emotions the film strives for. Bravo. 7/10
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𝕬𝖒𝖆𝖟𝖔𝖓𝕮𝖚𝖘𝖙𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖗Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of Nicolas Cage's best films!
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This is one of my favourite films starring Nicolas Cage. I must have watched this at least three times now, his acting is tremendous and I think the film has a good moral meaning in that with peoples misfortunes in the world, there's always a few that will gain and benefit.

If you haven't watched this film yet, even though it's a few years old, it's worth a watch!

Highly recommended.
3 people found this helpful
Mr. Stephen KennedyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 April 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Does for Gunrunners what Goodfellas did for gangsters
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A surprisingly good movie, this tale of a gunrunner over several decades of his life is not an action movie, and not just a drama. It's an all round look at what it means to be a gunrunner - how it came about that he became one, the good times - the bad. The effect on family and loved ones. At times serious, at times downright funny, often poignant, it's all the way through laced with its own style - a style which manages to pull off the difficult feat of mixing entertaining and thought provoking. Through frequently quite imaginative editing and narrative, the story never gets dull.
Cage is good in the role, but it's an all round effective supporting cast which make it really work - making his transition believable. The change from just another immigrant, to a man dabbling in the guns business, to a man sucked in by his own choosing to a world of ugliness by the lure of riches - or rather, as he puts it.. just because it's what he's good at. A particularly effective and revealing moment comes when Cage is faced with a seemingly arbitrary murder during one of his sales pitches with the pistol he is selling. His look of horror is quickly masked and replaced with indignation that the new gun has been soiled by use and is now worth less. It's a theme throughout - at one point is it no longer possible to separate the business of what you are doing from the effect of what you are doing. Does it happen immediately you start down the path - or does it happen after a time? Of note is the contrast to how his brother, played by a fantastic Jared Leto, is affected.
How far embroiled in a world can you be without being affected... it's an interesting question, and one made all the more fascinating by the context of how much gunrunning our own governments do routinely, as the movie points out.
Definitely recommended as an entertaining blockbuster - but with some brains to go with it.
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Ben BrentonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 April 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
One of Cage's best
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Nicholas Cage is, in large, a terrible actor who has accepted many bad films to be in. Con Air is only good on a quasi-parody level, and don't even get me started on Knowing.

However, this isn't one of them. Drawing inspiration off of real life arms dealers, this film follows Cage's Ukranian arms dealer as he works he way up in the world. If you can stomach his poor Eastern European accent, the film has an important message about the morality of gun-selling which still rings true today. Both Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke (yes, I said it. Ethan Hawke) are decent supports in this film, playing their own roles well.

For those of you who have written Cage off, watch this film as it may surprise you.
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Daniel J. StapleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Challenging, fun and thoughtful
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This movie is fun to start with, it has a quirky sense of humour to it, a little like Thank you for Smoking. It gets challenging though - with some difficult topics. It's well worth watching, giving an insight into the world of arms dealers.
Nigel Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The concept of war
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If you were looking for a heads up about the finer details of war between countries, this is the film for you. Based on actual events Nicolas Cage performs a brilliant roll who also narates the politics behind wars over a number of continents explaining why wars will never end. The theatres and technology may change but the soldiers stay the same. Every government needs a lord of war
M.K.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant movie. Finally got it in 4K.
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This has to be one of my favourite films of all time.

Looks fantastic in 4K.

So simple even a child can use it... and they do...
coached88Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 February 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
The crew had many names for that vessel , non really repeatable in polite company !
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Yeah this is based on real events , and the cage character Yuri combines aspects of the American dream as he rises up economically and does what he loves-sells guns . The interpol agent who is a straight arrow is on his heels persistently and the conversations they have are funny and I cited what Yuri said in response to the question about the ships name , which yuri had changed to avoid capture . This film educates on the arms trade which I learned about in sociology , and overcoming obstacles and consequences to sometimes pursuing a particular path .
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