Lord of War (2005)

dir. Andrew Niccol

Lord of War begins with a slow panning shot over a giant collection of bullets, This is a pretty unabashed set-up for the whole film. Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto play two Ukrainian brothers who go into arms dealing, with hotshot Interpol agent Ethan Hawke on their trail. Lord of War proclaims it’s a warning against arms and violence – it even ends with a pompous message about the influence of real-world arms-dealing countries – yet spends every second lovingly lingering on bullets, guns and general tough-guy symbolism. Apparently Cage’s character is after the glory, not the money, and that’s the most dangerous thing of all. Really, it just feels like another level of pretentious posturing.

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