A relentless Interpol agent tracks an arms dealer (Nicolas Cage) trying to stay one step ahead of his business rivals.
" A caustic satire masquerading as an action adventure. "
" A raffishly ironic and insinuating movie -- and probably the most sheerly enjoyable film of the year so far. "
" Cage keeps us entertained on the path to Armageddon, which is more consideration than any of the real masters of war have shown. "
" ELord Of War drops the hammer slowly, laying out the fascinating parameters of Cage's world before opening up its argument in an astonishing denouement. "
" It's a confrontational piece of filmmaking that examines political subject matter without the safety net of genre artifice. "
" It's worth overlooking Lord of War's flaws. "
" Its best moments burn with irony. "
" Movies usually show bullets as if they're generic, anonymous masses of metal coming off a conveyor belt, while Lord of War wants us to see that each bullet is inscribed with somebody's name. "
" Niccol is no stranger to hot-button issues, but he outdoes his previous efforts by injecting this satire of war profiteering in the Halliburton age with a wicked arsenic wit. "
" Nicolas Cage is enormously, paradoxically likable as a genuine monster. "
" As a drama, it isn't much. As education, its heart is certainly in the right place. As an entertainment experience, it's more than a bit of a repetitive. "
" His heavy-handedness and inability to humanize and explain his hero mean that even the choir Niccol is preaching to won't be moved by Lord of War. "
" It's just a well-intended essay, a movie when necessary but not necessarily a movie. "
" Lord of War has a hip, gonzo energy to it and it's often transfixing to watch and listen to. But it's finally just as empty as the man it's about. "
" Lord of War tosses grenades and then fearfully runs from them. "
" The poison arrows of satire that writer-director Andrew Niccol aims at international arms dealing and the great powers who let it happen for their own gain -- the U.S. dangles prominently on Niccol's hook -- are frustratingly scattershot. "
" There are the makings here of a really good feature or an even better documentary, but as it stands, Lord of War is not quite either. "
" There should be a phrase for the errors Lord of War makes: Call them substance abuse. "
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