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yuri orlov e' un trafficante d'armi che commercia con i peggiori dittatori del pianeta. viene assalito da una crisi di coscienza e decide di abbandonare l'attivita' ma non sara' un'impresa facile perche' sulle sue tracce c'e' jack valentie, un implacabile agente dell'interpol.
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The film opens to the iconic scene of Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) standing amid the latest war-torn carnage where the ground is carpeted by spent cartridges as he starts to tell the story. Orlov is the son of refugees from the Soviet Union (more precisely Ukraine) who had pretended to be Jewish immigrants in order to get into the United States. Orlov and his brother Vitaliy (Jared Leto) are both ‘lost’ and headed nowhere. After witnessing a mob hit on a restaurant, Orlov decides he’s going to sell guns. We see his first sale to a mobster and follow his career as it grows through the 1980’s but it’s the fall of the Soviet Union and the scramble for Africa that really kicks off his success.
The film is shot in a mock ‘fly on the wall’ documentary style as we witness his rise to success and watch as he manipulates those around him. I won’t give much more away other than to say it’s all based on real world events and just like a documentary you are bombarded with statistics and facts relating to the times and the arms trade. Although these are mostly blended into the story quite well, in certain places some do jar and seem patronising which destroys the atmosphere being a bit too overbearing [lose a star].
However, despite the subject and often cavalier approach, the film does try to show a moralistic outlook. Cage plays his usual laid back style to perfection but I soon found him at odds with the character he was playing.Read more ›
That dealing in arms isn't actually illegal and he doesn't do wrong. Well, much, except as he points out that the law comes in three colours - black, white and grey - and grey is his favourite colour. It's the people who choose to use his products that are at fault and unlike alcohol and tobacco, which he cites as killing more people, there's always the safety catch.
Under Yuri Orlov's (Cage) cynical commentary lie a whole stream of stylish and superbly directed (by Andrew Nicol) set pieces, filmed all over the world. Often ironic and hypercritical, even comic, these all highlight the absurdities of the arms trade and its connotations.
Orlov, always seen as a businessman dressed in suit and tie, is the son of a Ukrainian, brought up on the dog eat dog streets of Brooklyn. Escalation into the world of weaponry brings him his trophy wife, Ava (Bridget Moynahan) and a son, who he hardly ever sees. And his difficult, junkie brother, Vitaly (Jared Leto) who is always in a scrape and often needs bailing out, cash wise and emotionally.
It's these personal distractions that ultimately bring Orlov's world down round his knees, as he finds out too late, you cannot escape family, even if you can (temporarily) from your sins. Despite what I've just said, there's no treacly preaching and sermonising.
Criticisms I've seen are that all this smart gloss and witty dialogue simply coats a lacquer over the whole contentious issue and that alienates both the subject and the viewer. That it belittles both.Read more ›
Indeed, even the spoof 'QVC' commercial before the film, offering AK47's to anyone who can afford to pay is worth the price of the DVD. But in the end, the film boils down to that immortal quote by Edmund Burke:
"Evil prevails when good men do nothing."
Or as Nicholas Cage states rather bluntly, "Evil Prevails."
By far the most powerful example of this is the character of the Gunrunner's brother; a 'Good Man' who is sickened and enraged by the sight of the weapons his brother sells being used to murder women and children. But instead of killing his brother or even speaking up, he struggles to drown out the screams of his conscience by turning to booze and cocaine.
Towards the end of the film however, he tries to do the right thing; giving his life in the failed attempt to protect a refugee camp full of women and children. But by then, it is already far too late, and the massacre still goes ahead as planned.
Of course, it's the President of Liberia who has some of the best lines in the film.
"A 'USED' Gun? That's a good one."
"I try to set an example but it is difficult, eh. Personally, I blame MTV."
"A bullet from a 14 year old is just as effective as one from a 40 year old. Often more effective. No one can stop this bath of blood."
But when push comes to shove, it is Nicolas Cage's soliloquy after he's been arrested which really drives the nail home:
"Soon there's gonna' be a knock on that door and you will be called outside. In the hall, there will be a man who outranks you.Read more ›
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Not quite as good as I was expecting. And certainly not one of Mr Cage's best efforts.
I think the serious bits were not pitched well and the character building bits... Read more