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Based on fact, follows the globetrotting exploits of arms dealer Yuri Orlov. Through some of the deadliest war zones, Yuri struggles to stay one step ahead of a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals, even some of his customers who include many of the world’s most notorious dictators. Finally, Yuri must also face his own conscience.
Action Drama - Although there are some violent elements and guns are the focus, this
is a serious drama exploring the issue of the international arms
trade. There are some elements of dark comedy and satire, but
overall it's a serious exploration of the subject.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 11 S-words, 2 GD's, some others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, cocaine. ACTION: Some shootout/combat scenes. COMEDY: Some darkly humorous dialogue and situations.
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Roger EbertFull Review Very Good 'Lord of War' is a bleak comedy, funny in a Catch-22 sort of way, and at the same time an angry outcry against the gun traffic that turns 12-year-olds into killers and cheapens human life to the point where might makes not only right, but everything else.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Intelligent but not particularly involving, Lord of War plods through the munitions-runner's playbook. Through it all, lead Nicolas Cage's perpetual voice-over, easily the windiest in recent memory, competes with almost ear-splitting echoes from another movie.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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We collected 143 moviegoer opinions. Certainly not the greatest opinions, especially from a movie starring Nicholas Cage and Ethan Hawke. Males enjoyed it the most, especially teens, but a significent percentage didn't much care for it and a few hated it. For the guys I would say this movie is a bit risky. However, most should find it very enjoyable to somewhat enjoyable.
As for the ladies, very few really enjoyed "Lord of War." Most rated it as an above average to fair movie with quite a few truly disliking it. These are pretty bad opinions and therefore this is not a movie I would recommend for the ladies.
Disillusioned with his life working in his parent's struggling restaurant,
Yuri witnesses a shoot-out between rival Russian mobsters. Lucky to escape
alive, it is a pivotal moment in Yuri's life.
Yuri (Nicolas Cage) convinces his younger brother, Vitaly (Jared Leto), to
join him in an arms dealing business. They find their niche in under-the-counter
gunrunning, selling to regimes suffering under sanctions. Yuri's appetite for
guns is matched only by his appetite for sex. But Yuri is constantly under
threat - forced to stay one step ahead of a rival arms dealer and a dogged
Interpol agent, Jack Valentine (Ethan Hawke).
His younger brother discovers he has no stomach for the business and develops
an addiction for cocaine. After checking Vitaly into a rehab clinic, Yuri goes
Yuri conspires with his Uncle Dmitri, a Ukrainian army general, to sell the
weapons. Yuri mostly sells to countries in war-torn Africa in contravention of
dozens of arms embargoes that Yuri cleverly avoids. One of Yuri's best
customers proves to be African warlord Andre Baptiste, Sr., the ruthless
dictator and self-declared President of Liberia.
Yuri's double and triple lives are starting to catch up with him. A rival
arms dealer is killed partly by Yuri's own hand.