Lord of War

Lord of War

Andrew Niccol (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Gattaca writer/director Andrew Niccol takes a cynical swipe at the world arms trade in this sleek and confrontational black comedy thriller. In an animated though heartless turn, Nicolas Cage plays Ukrainian-American entrepreneur Yuri Orlov who sees an opportunity to escape his humdrum Brooklyn life by dealing in illegal weaponry. Recruiting wayward younger brother Vitaly (Jared Leto), Yuri quickly finds himself running a global business, but success comes at a horrific price. The film is executed with almost military precision, hammering home its contempt for those who profit from human suffering. It's extremely smart and visually sophisticated, with some incredibly powerful action sequences. Yet the tale's cleverness and exactitude are also its undoing, making it ultimately feel soulless and fake. The cutting dialogue exchanges and Cage's witty voiceover may be entertaining but they never ring true, while the overall slickness gives even the most shocking events an air of casual detachment.



Cast & Crew

Yuri Orlov Nicolas Cage
Vitaly Orlov Jared Leto
Ava Fontaine Bridget Moynahan
Simeon Weisz Ian Holm
Jack Valentine Ethan Hawke
Andre Baptiste Senior Eamonn Walker
Andre Baptiste Junior Sammi Rotibi
Gregor Jasper Lenz
Boris Kobus Marx
Director Andrew Niccol
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Other Information

Language: English, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MomentumGuidance: Violence, drug abuse, edited for language.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Oct 2005