General Information

Glossary: L
Released Year: 2005
Runtime: 122 minutes
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Directors: Andrew Niccol
Writers: Andrew Niccol
Casts: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Jared Leto, Shake Tukhmanyan, Jean-Pierre Nshanian, Jared Burke, Eric Uys, David Shumbris, Stewart Morgan, Jasper Lenz, Stephen Gregor, Kobus Marx, Stephan De Abreu, Jeremy Crutchley, Ian Holm
IMDB: Lord of War (2005) - IMDB

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Ratings


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IMDB Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.2

Reviews

88
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A bleak comedy, funny in a "Catch-22" sort of way, and at the same time an angry outcry against the gun traffic.
88
TV Guide - Maitland McDonagh
The film's tone is set by a bravura opening sequence that follows a single bullet from a factory conveyer belt to its resting place in a child's skull, and by Cage's flawlessly sardonic voice-over.
75
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
Lord of War is advocacy entertainment -- an act of mainstream provocation -- and, for the most part, it works unusually well.
63
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
Niccol is too good a screenwriter (The Truman Show, Gattaca) not to know that Hollywood cliches are hell on a film's political bite. They muzzle it.

Lord of War (2005)


This film charts the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov, from his early days in the early 1980s in Little Odessa, selling guns to mobsters in his local neighbourhood, through to his ascension through the decade of excess and indulgence into the early 90s, where he forms a business partnership with an African warlord and his psychotic son. The film also charts his relationship through the years with his younger brother, his marriage to a famous model, his relentless pursuit by a determined federal agent and his inner demons that sway between his drive for success and the immorality of what he does.