Lord of War
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One man demonstrates how to get rich selling warring nations the tools of their deadly trade in this dark comedy drama. Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) is an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into a gold mine after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Huge caches of Soviet weapons became available at bargain prices (and even for free if one wasn't above stealing), and as literally billions of dollars' worth of Soviet military technology disappeared, it began finding its way into the hands of weapons dealers eager to sell it to the highest bidder. Orlov was one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Niccol is no stranger to hot-button issues, but he outdoes his previous efforts by injecting this satire of war profiteering in the Halliburton age with a wicked arsenic wit."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out New York
"A caustic satire masquerading as an action adventure."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A carefully choreographed devil's dance in which Nicolas Cage finds fleet-footed rejuvenation as a man aware evil can't exist without good, but that evil often wins. This uniquely unsympathetic, world-weary film earns the right to fling that truth."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"I'm beginning to get discouraged about Andrew Niccol."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"That the CIA engages in these activities with all sorts of Orlovs no doubt slithering around in the mix somewhere, is a far more intriguing huge chunk of vital information that sadly never made it to the screen."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"ELord Of War drops the hammer slowly, laying out the fascinating parameters of Cage's world before opening up its argument in an astonishing denouement."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"A raffishly ironic and insinuating movie -- and probably the most sheerly enjoyable film of the year so far."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"A fine, grown-up movie, half thriller, half black comedy."
‑ Ceri Thomas, Film4
"Satire is rarely so hard-hitting, or high calibre."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Lord of War has a surreal edge, despite being enmeshed in world events, with absurdity and dark humor laced throughout."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"Lord Of War drops the hammer slowly, laying out the fascinating parameters of Cage's world before opening up its argument in an astonishing denouement."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"There are the makings here of a really good feature or an even better documentary, but as it stands, Lord of War is not quite either."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The movie ultimately crushes itself in a vise of self-loathing."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"This film fails so miserably don't be surprised to find yourself often rooting against the supposed good guy."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Una película frívola y superficial sobre un tema serio e importante como el tráfico de armas. Entretiene, pero como denuncia cínica se queda corta."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
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