LORD OF WAR (Theatrical Release USA 2005)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

Lord of War—
excellent—a 'do not miss' film. The dialogue is exceptionally witty. It runs on a bed of practicality, reality, and honest assessment of world events. This is one of Nicolas Cage’s best works. He uses each of his many signature ‘looks’ to express his reaction to presented scenes to perfection. Jerad Leto and Ethan Hawke cast with Nicolas Cage to produce entertainment beyond expectations. This is an adult film.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Yuri Orlov’s (Nicolas Cage) family, Ukranian to United States immigrants, do the thing immigrants often do to make a living—start a restaurant business. But Yuri starts a more lucrative business: selling guns to persons in need of fire power. He prospers , becomes passionately adept at his profession, and recruits his younger brother Vitaly Orlov (Jared Leto) as business partner. Their overseas selling trips involve—drug lords, war lords, and parties who want revenge and retribution.

Additional Thanks

Thank You to Director Andrew Niccol for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Bradley Cramp, Christopher Eberts, Fabrice Gianfermi, Gary Hamilton, Michael Mendelsohn, Andreas Schmid, James D. Stern, and Ronaldo Vasconcellos for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ava Fontaine (Bridget Moynahan), Irina Orlov (Shake Tukhmanyan), Anatoly Orlov (Jean-Pierre Nshanian), Ukranian Mobster (Jared Burke), Ukrainian Mobster (Eric Uys), Ukrainian Mobster (David Shumbris), and Ukrainian Mobster (Stewart Morgan).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. There's no wasted intensity in the film.

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