Lord of War

Released 2005


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Andrew Niccol
Lord of War is a 2005 drama from writer-director Andrew Niccol that stars Nicolas Cage, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan, and Ethan Hawke in a story about a Ukrainian-American who begins selling small arms as a young man for a quick profit and rises to become one of the most wealthy independent arms traffickers in the world. Cage plays Yuri Orlov, an intelligent and complex man who holds a highly logical view of his career. He sees the demand for weapons in the world as no different than the demands for any other product in any other industry, and his ability to profit from the distribution of guns and ammunition does not make him a criminal. Most of the story is told in flashback, as Yuri remembers the dramatic twists and turns of his life. He was once an ambitious young man trying to find a way to make money and win the love and respect of the woman of his dreams, Ava Fontaine (Moynahan). However, as his business grows larger and larger it becomes more difficult for him to lead his double life and continue to conceal his crimes from those who are closest to him. Lord of War is a riveting film about one of the largest hidden industries in the world.moreless


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  • 80

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Brimming with cinematic confidence, cynicism, chutzpah plus dramatic bungles, Andrew Niccol's ambitious Lord of War views today's international arms trade through its anti-hero.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Like everything else in this film, Mr. Cage's performance is watchable if never credible because his director never resolves the disconnect between this star's function (to enterta...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Any time you're watching a film in which the statistics in the voice-over have more intrinsic drama than the protagonists' lives, you know you're in trouble.

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Crime, self destruction, odd jobs, illegal activities, business wisdom