Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Lord of War

Penultimate night in Manila, and I decide to catch Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage. Shudder! What a terrifying movie!

The posters might make it out to be an action film in the tradition of Jerry Bruckheimer. But really, it's not. It's a drama piece of the price that a man pays for his amorality. Yuri Orlov (Cage), gunrunner-extraordinaire, manages to justify all his actions by maintaining moral detachment from his trade. But he just gets drawn in deeper and deeper until he's left with...nothing. Nothing.

It's not a spoiler to say that he lives to sell another day. The descent itself is what makes the whole movie worthwhile.

Threaded into political commentary about the reality of global violence, the movie will forever change the way I see an action movie.

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