Lord Of War (15)



Drama (2005)
121mins US

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan
Director: Andrew Niccol
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

International arms dealer Yuri Orlov has run guns for years, arming regimes, dictators and shadowy factions without any concern for the likely consequences of his actions. After years at the top of his game, Yuri begins to question the devastation he has wrought through the illegal sale of weapons. Scarred by guilt, Yuri searches for redemption whilst a tenacious Interpol agent, Jack Valentine, does everything within his power to hold Yuri to account in a court of law.

Seen that movie? Leave a comment / review here >>

LondonNet Film Review

Surprising Disarmament
Lord of War takes on world superpowers with a brutal look at the arms trade...

Yuri Orlov is a middle-class Ukrainian immigrant bored of his family-run restaurant business in a rundown New York neighbourhood. After witnessing a shoot-out between Russian mobsters, he jumps into the arms-dealing industry, which takes him from his meagre flat to the Pentagon, Russia, Africa and beyond. As his funds increase and his confidence builds, his family becomes entrenched in his lies and deception. Soon, Yuri must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice for the business that has made him so successful...

In a stunning vision of the illegal-arms trade, Lord Of War's opening credits follow the life of a bullet from its factory creation, through shipments, swapping and inspection, and directly into the head of a small child caught in the middle of gunfire.

Already a taboo subject, the film exposes the blunders of many of the worlds wealthiest nations, including the US and the UK, in trading their military equipment to many third-world civil conflicts, and was not an especially easy film to make. Producer Phillip Rousselet spent a year a half raising the finances - which was scheduled to begin production a week before the war in Iraq began.

The film possesses an impressive cast, including Nicholas Cage, Ethan Hawke and Jared Leto, and is bolstered by the smooth, subtle underpinnings of Andrew Niccol's writing and direction. Nicholas Cage's Orlav utilises a melancholic, unsettled honesty that proves remarkably refreshing, since the deafening explosions warrant a bit of tasteful delicacy. Ethan Hawke, too, provides a notable performance as the honourable Interpol agent Jack Valentine.

The only performance disappointments - and they remain small - are Leto & Bridget Moynahan: Leto for allowing himself to be typecast into another, albeit believable, emaciated drug addict, and Moynahan for bringing about as much sultry charm to her seductive role as a table leg.

Still, the film is notable if, for nothing else, its wide-reaching span into the remote parts of the world that are affected by arms-dealing. Pointedly, there aren't many areas left untouched. In terms of social and political rigour and grandiosity of 'splosions (also an important asset), Lord of War is worth a good, humanitarian theatrical watch.

Megan M. Retka


London Cinemas

From Friday 10th March
To Thursday 16th March

Not showing at any
London cinemas this week.
From Friday 17th March
To Thursday 23rd March

Not showing at any
London cinemas this week.


« Back to Index

Rest of UK and Irish Cinemas

Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 10th March
To Thursday 16th March

- Edinburgh, Grassmarket Centre
From Friday 17th March
To Thursday 23rd March

Not showing at any
UK cinemas this week.


« Back to Index