Lord of war

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Pekelo, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Pekelo

    Pekelo

    I have just seen this. Very powerful. The opening 2 minutes is one of the best openings for a movie and sets the tone just right.

    Cage is perfect for the role. I couldn't feel sorry for the wife, she was OK with "not knowing" what her husband was doing for a living. I had a hard time to determine the category of the film, it is listed as political drama, but there are plenty of humor, (black humor) in it.

    Some interesting trivia:

    According to Andrew Niccol, the filmmakers worked with actual gunrunners in the making of the film. The tanks lined up for sale were owned by a gunrunner who had to have them back to sell to another country. They used a real stockpile of over 3,000 AK-47s because it was cheaper than getting prop guns. The gunrunners were more cooperative and efficient than the studio or the crew.
    Yuri Orlov is a composite of five real arms dealers.
    No US studios would back the film. Foreign finances were secured instead.
    The tanks seen in the movie were real and belonged to a Czech arms-dealer.
    Before shooting the scene where tanks were lined up for sale, the filmmaker had to warn NATO, lest they think a real war was being started when they see satellite images of the set.
     
  2. Yes! I just recommended that one:

    http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=64892&perpage=6&pagenumber=3

    I'm what you could call a 'gun nut'. ( also: Archery nut, medieval weaponry nut, you get the picture.)

    The opening sequence tracking a sole bullet from the factory, through various middlemen, into the hands of African militiamen, and finally straight into the head of a young boy... well it's brilliant, but at that point I feared the movie would be too anti-gun for me to enjoy it much. Nevertheless, political correctness didn't really get in the way of this film shining brightly.

    So many cool touches, like the psychopathic son of a Liberian warlord with his gold plated machine gun and entourage of sluts... That's just classic. :D

    It's a must see, unless you have too much 'heart' to tolerate a bad guy protagonist and so much casual murder. I don't have that problem. It's not my war...
     
  3. "Warlord"..........I wonder what theyd put on their passport application?
     
  4. Pekelo

    Pekelo

    Export-import....

    I liked when the dictator corrected Cage's use of words (bloodbath-bath of blood, warlord-lord of war) and it made more sense the way how he used it...
     
  5. Ill have to see this film.

    "Security consultant"? :D
     
  6. TGregg

    TGregg

    By curious coincidence, I just now finished watching this movie, not 3 minutes ago. Not bad. Cage kinda looks like a freak and it takes some time to settle into seeing him as a relatively sane guy. But he did an outstanding job in this role, IMO.

    Are AK-47s really that awesome? Seems hard to believe.
     

  7. Yes, they're that reliable.

    http://www.elitetrader.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=58634&perpage=6&highlight=uzi&pagenumber=4

    "At one stage of the work, one of the dozers uncovered the decomposed body of an enemy soldier, complete with AK-47. I happened to be standing right there, looking on with a number of my troops. I jumped down into the hole and pulled the AK out of the bog. "Watch this, guys," I said, "and I'll show you how a real infantry weapon works." I pulled the bolt back and fired thirty rounds -- the AK could have been cleaned that day rather than buried in glug for a year or so. That was the kind of weapon our soldiers needed, not the confidence-sapping M-16."